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THE BIG KNOCKOVER - The Continental Op by  Dashiell (introduction by Lillian Hellman) Hammett - Paperback - First Printing - First Thus - 1967 - from W. Fraser Sandercombe (SKU: 219053)

THE BIG KNOCKOVER - The Continental Op

THE BIG KNOCKOVER - The Continental Op by  Dashiell (introduction by Lillian Hellman) Hammett - Paperback - First Printing - First Thus - 1967 - from W. Fraser Sandercombe (SKU: 219053)

THE BIG KNOCKOVER - The Continental Op

by Hammett, Dashiell (introduction by Lillian Hellman)

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New York: Dell Books, 1967. 219 pp. Dell Book 0628. Light edge and corner wear with an uncreased spine and some creasing on the back cover; no interior markings. Cover art by Adams. This story collection contains: Introduction by Lillian Hellman; The Gutting of Couffignal; Fly Paper; The Scorched Face; Tulip; and The Big Knockover.. First Printing - First Thus. Paperback. Very Good. Illus. by Adams;.

Synopsis

Dashiell Samuel Hammett was born in St. Mary’s County. He grew up in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Hammett left school at the age of fourteen and held several kinds of jobs thereafter—messenger boy, newsboy, clerk, operator, and stevedore, finally becoming an operative for Pinkerton’s Detective Agency. Sleuthing suited young Hammett, but World War I intervened, interrupting his work and injuring his health. When Sergeant Hammett was discharged from the last of several hospitals, he resumed detective work. He soon turned to writing, and in the late 1920s Hammett became the unquestioned master of detective-story fiction in America. In The Maltese Falcon (1930) he first introduced his famous private eye, Sam Spade. The Thin Man (1932) offered another immortal sleuth, Nick Charles. Red Harvest (1929), The Dain Curse (1929), and The Glass Key (1931) are among his most successful novels. During World War II, Hammett again served as sergeant in the Army, this time for more than two years, most of which he spent in the Aleutians. Hammett’s later life was marked in part by ill health, alcoholism, a period of imprisonment related to his alleged membership in the Communist Party, and by his long-time companion, the author Lillian Hellman, with whom he had a very volatile relationship. His attempt at autobiographical fiction survives in the story “Tulip,” which is contained in the posthumous collection The Big Knockover (1966, edited by Lillian Hellman). Another volume of his stories, The Continental Op (1974, edited by Stephen Marcus), introduced the final Hammett character: the “Op,” a nameless detective (or “operative”) who displays little of his personality, making him a classic tough guy in the hard-boiled mold—a bit like Hammett himself.

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Bookseller
W. Fraser Sandercombe CA (CA)
Bookseller Inventory #
219053
Title
THE BIG KNOCKOVER - The Continental Op
Author
Hammett, Dashiell (introduction by Lillian Hellman)
Illustrator
Adams;
Format/binding
Paperback
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Edition
First Printing - First Thus
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Dell Books
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
1967
Keywords
vintage paperback; noir; murder; underworld; hard boiled; sleuth; shooting; killing; guns;
Bookseller catalogs
Mystery and Detective;

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We are primarily an Internet-only bookstore, selling on-line through Biblio.com and various other sites for the lasttwenty years; our shop can, however, be visited by appointment - and local people are encouraged to call. We specialise in First Editions and collectible books (and usually have around 500 signed editions in stock at any given moment) ranging through most of the genres: Fantasy; Horror; Science Fiction; Mysteries; and a good selection of Literature; Historical Adventure; History; Outdoors; True Crime; and Assorted Non-fiction. We stock roughly 9000 books and add to our catalogues regularly.

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