“This fascinating collection of hitherto unpublished or ungathered tales . . . will be a treat for any fan of the father of the hardboiled detective story.” Wall Street Journal
An extraordinary literary publication from one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, The Hunter and Other Stories
includes Hammett stories gleaned from his personal archives along with screen treatments long buried in film-industry files. Hammett is regarded as both a pioneer and master of hard-boiled detective fiction, but this revealing collection shows him in a different light, as a master craftsman whose talent was not restricted by genre.
This volume introduces a dozen never-before-published and five seldom-seen short stories. These shrewd explorations of failed romance, hypocrisy, crass opportunism, and courage in the face of conflict reveal added dimension to Hammett’s exceptional genius. In addition, Hammett’s full-length original screen stories for City Streets (1931), starring Gary Cooper and Sylvia Sydney, and the seldom-screened Mr. Dynamite (1935) are included, along with Hammett’s storyline called “Devil’s Dynamite” for an unproduced movie. A bonus inclusion is the captivating opening for a never-finished second Sam Spade novel. Rich in both plot and character, this is a book no Hammett fanor lover of good fictionshould do without.