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Return to Book Page. Preview — Nightmare Town by Dashiell Hammett. Nolan Goodreads Author Introduction. Introduced by Colin Dexter, one of England’s greatest writers of detective fiction, here are twenty long-unavailable stories by Dashiell Hammett, the author of The Maltese Falcon and one of the finest writers of the twentieth century. In the title story, a man on a bender enters a small town and ends up unravelling the dark mystery at its heart. A woman confronts the brutal Introduced by Colin Dexter, one of England’s greatest writers of detective fiction, here are twenty long-unavailable stories by Dashiell Hammett, the author of The Maltese Falcon and one of the finest writers of the twentieth hammettt.

A woman confronts the brutal truth about her husband in the chilling story, The Ruffian’s Wife. His Brother’s Keeper is a half-wit boxer’s eulogy to the brother who betrayed him.

The Second Story Angel recounts one of the most novel cons ever devised. In seven stories, the tough and taciturn Continental Op takes on a motley collection of the deceitful, the duped, and the dead, and once again shown his uncanny ability to get at the truth.

In three stories, Sam Spade confronts the darkness in the human soul while rolling his own cigarettes. And the first study for The Thin Man sends John Guild on a murder investigation in which almost every witness may be lying. In Nightmare Town, Dashiell Hammett, America’s poet laureate of the dispossessed, shows us a world where people confront a multitude of evils.

Whether they are trying to right wrongs or just trying to survive, all of them are rendered with Hammett’s signature gifts for sharp-edged characters and blunt dialogue. Hammett said that his ambition was to elevate mystery fiction to the level of art. This collection of masterful stories clearly illustrates Hammett’s success, and shows the remarkable range and variety of the fiction he produced. As a novelist of realistic intrigue, Hammett was unsurpassed in his own or any day.

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Nightmare Town by Dashiell Hammett

To ask other readers questions about Nightmare Townplease sign up. Lists with This Book. May 27, Evgeny rated it really liked it Shelves: I have to admit I can be slow at times. I consider Dashiell Hammett to be one of the best noir writers as well as practically the father of the genre. Imagine my surprise when I realized there are 3 short stories featuring Sam Spade as well as few with Continental Op I have not read yet. This book has all with the former one and several of the latter.


My library happened to have the book. I immediately ran ou I have to admit I can be slow nghtmare times. I immediately ran out to get it. How fast did I run? Let dzshiell just say I outran a couple of these guys: And so the book consists of 20 novellas showing different sides of Hammett’s writing talent.

I will discuss the ones worthy of notice. A guy ended up in a town that can give Personville aka Poisonville from Red Harvest a good run for the money when it comes to corruption. I have no doubt some ideas were later reused in what I consider to be the best ultra-violent noir crime novel. The guy took an easy job as a house dick.

That is it was easy until multiple murders took place. The nameless Continental Op was hugely influential despite his lack of a name. Let me introduce the following exhibit: The Dasniell Op was hired to find out who shot at a rich guy confined by a bed because of his sickness. The moment the man arrived the lead began flying around non-stop.

The Continental Op was tying to clean up a name of hammftt widow accused of murdering her husband. I always say when it comes to double-crossing in modern literature nobody surpasses Glen Cook of The Black Company fame. Reading this story made me think he cold have dashielk a pupil of Dashiel Hammett: Death on Pine Street.

The Continental Ops was hired to find a doctor’s killer as the police had no luck with its investigation. The guy did the job while getting beat up and narrowly avoiding dashiell false accusation of rape. Afraid of a Gun. A gangster would get into a state of sheer panic the moment he saw a gun nighmare at his direction.

As it can be easily guessed he was not very successful at his job. Tom, Dick, or Harry. The Continental Op was hired by an insurance company to find stolen jewels. This mystery can be qualified as a “closed room mystery”. It is probably the most peaceful of Continental Op stories.

It took nightmmare Continental Op exactly this much time not only to solve a murder, but also getting thoroughly beaten up: Who Killed Bob Teal? A promising young operative from Continental Detective Agency was killed and this fact pissed of the head of the local branch. The Continental Op to the rescue! The main idea of the nihhtmare was lately reused in Maltese Falcon, so it is possible to figure out the mystery almost right away. A Man Called Spade. A guy hired him for a protection, but was killed before Spade got to see him.

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So Towb decided to stick around to check how official investigation is going and beat the police to the solution. Too Many Have Lived. Sam Spade is hired by a rich guy to find out what happened to the husband of a woman he was in love with.


During his investigation Spade posed an investor from Australia to gain access to an eccentric rich guy nightmarw several relatives patiently waiting for him to meet the Maker. This act resulted in several people being murdered.

Nightmare Town: Stories

The First Thin Man. These are first chapters of unfinished novel. Later on they were heavily rewritten and became The Thin Man. Despite the tale stopping right in the middle it is easy to figure out the mystery if you are familiar with the final product.

The only reason the anthology loses one star from a perfect rating is that paradoxically I am not a big fan on non-mystery noir; for this reason I never bothered to read anything by James M.

Anyhow, 4 solid stars is the rating. View all 3 comments. Dec 12, Mark is currently reading it Shelves: This is a short story collection a found courtesy somebody on GR, it really has expanded my reading world and this seems to become one of those treasures in a bookish sense I am really very glad to read. Nightmare Town – Steve Threefull awakes after a crazy bet in a little town where about everything seems to be off.

It kind of tickles his curiosity and when he finds out what is going on he can only be surprised. House Dick – Why are there three dead people inside an hotel room? Ruffian’s wife – She is threatened in her own house and when her man comes home she finds out more than she cared to know. A story about a woman and her perspective. Well written The man who killed Dan Odams – locked up because he shot a man in a fair fight, he takes his chance to escape jail.

The man who killed Dan Odams finds a place to hide in safety with a widow. Another brilliant little gem that does give a great kick in the last paragraph. Bight shots The Continental op gets send to a house where somebody took a shot at the sick and old patriarch of the family and nobody saw anything.

When the next night the same happens again and somebody else gets hurt the Op ahs an idea and it is an uneasy one. The detective will have to find out what really happened with the good Doctor and his first wife.

Another surprising little tale of human drama. The assistent murderer Private detective Alec Rush is not the typical PI in that there is nothing reaaly attractive about him, in fact he’s quite ugly, and women aren’t falling all over him. But as as a former policeman he does know his stuff.

He paid to check out a woman who gets followed and discovers murder and mayhem. His brother’s keeper A boxer and his brother and a major fight on Saturday evening.