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The Lost Detective
Author: Nathan Ward

ISBN: 9780802776402
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 17 November 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 15.3 x 2.3
Description:
A fascinating portrait of the overlooked Dashiell Hammett--from his years as a Pinkerton detective to author of arguably the most iconic detective novels of the 20th century.

Before he became a household name in America as perhaps our greatest hard-boiled crime writer, before his attachment to Lillian Hellman and blacklisting during the McCarthy era, and his subsequent downward spiral, Dashiell Hammett had led a life of action. Born in 1894 into a poor Maryland family, Hammett left school at 13 and held several jobs before joining the Pinkerton National Detective Agency as an operative in 1915 and, with time off in 1918 to serve at the end of World War I, he remained with the agency until 1922, participating alike in the banal and dramatic action of an operative. The tuberculosis he contracted during the war forced him to leave the Pinkertons-but it may well have prompted one of America's most-acclaimed writing careers.

Hammett's life on center stage has been well-documented. What led him to that stage has been largely overlooked, and is the subject of Nathan Ward's enthralling The Lost Detective. Hammett's ch...

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