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Hammett: Valentine Says Beat It

Eighty-seven years ago today Knopf released a little novel of romance and murder titled The Maltese Falcon. You know the story. You’ve been having an affair with your partner’s wife, and now your partner is dead, and you’re expected to … Continue reading

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Hammett: Some Tough Nights

Eighty-six years ago today Knopf did the official release of a sweet little love yarn titled The Maltese Falcon. You know, the one where it looks like your girlfriend is going to prison. May be hanged. Tough break. Sure, you’ll … Continue reading

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Hammett: On This Day

Eighty-five years ago today Alfred A. Knopf published a novel titled The Maltese Falcon — as I always say, the sickest Valentine’s Day novel ever. If they hang you — some pretty sweet talk. . . .

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Hammett: By That Sweet Neck

Eighty-four years ago today the publisher Alfred A. Knopf debuted an instant classic titled The Maltese Falcon. As I always say, the sickest Valentine’s day novel ever. Yeah, maybe I love you and maybe you love me. This side of … Continue reading

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Hammett: And the Oscar Goes To

As I was moping around the web during Oscar season this year a bit of information attracted my attention. I’d no doubt seen the same stats when I looked over Oscar info the previous season, but no bells rang at that time. This … Continue reading

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Hammett: Valentine Again

Eighty-three years ago today Alfred A. Knopf officially released a novel by Dashiell Hammett titled The Maltese Falcon. As I noted last year, the sickest Valentine’s Day romance ever — but that makes it all the better, if you like … Continue reading

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Hammett: If They Don’t Hang You

Eighty-two years ago today, Alfred A. Knopf released the hardcover first edition of The Maltese Falcon —- as I sometimes say as an aside on the tour, the sickest Valentine’s Day offering ever. Yeah, there’s romance. Definitive murder-shadowed noir romance. Just a … Continue reading

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Hammett: Lost Stories, Found

After his first Guest Blogger spot, tracking down the pure text for Hammett’s Continental Op yarn “This King Business,” Terry Zobeck returns with another Adventure in Collecting. Here’s Terry:   Ever since I read Richard Layman’s 1981 Hammett biography Shadow Man, … Continue reading

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Noir: The Ha-Ra Readings

Just recently I came across a podcast of a reading I did awhile back, for the launch of the Peter Maravelis-edited anthology San Francisco Noir 2: The Classics on Valentine’s Day 2009. The Ha-Ra Bar was packed to the rafters to hear various … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Lorre Noir

Valentine’s Day again — one of the birthdays of noir. In 1930 — 81 years ago today — Knopf released the first edition of The Maltese Falcon in hardcovers. As I maintain in the short essay “San Francisco Noir” (and to my … Continue reading

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