The Continental Op : Short Story Collection, Paperback

The Continental Op : Short Story Collection Paperback

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'An acknowledged literary landmark' Robert Graves Dashiell Hammett is the true inventor of modern detective fiction and the creator of the private eye, the isolated hero in a world where treachery is the norm.

The Continental Op was his great first contribution to the genre and these seven stories, which first appeared in the magazine Black Mask, are the best examples of Hammett's early writing, in which his formidable literary and moral imagination is already operating at full strength.

The Continental Op is the dispassionate fat man working for the Continental Detective Agency, modelled on the Pinkerton Agency, whose only interest is in doing his job in a world of violence, passion, desperate action and great excitement.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781409138075



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Hammett's detective with no name is, for me, more compelling than his three most famous creations, Nick and Nora Charles and Sam Spade. This short story collection is even better than Red Harvest, with tight, taut tales often finishing with brutal brilliance. To read one detective story with that sort of conclusion would be satisfying, but to read half a dozen is a treat.