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Much has been written about Hammett (1894-1961), but this book covers a little known period of his life and helps answer a question I have wondered about over the years. How did Hammett go from being a Pinkerton Detective to writing detective novels? Hammett was a High School dropout and a U.S. Army ambulance driver in WWI who acquired tuberculosis. Hammett joined the Pinkerton agency as an entry level worker. Hammett did most of his writing in the 1920 and 1930s.
The book is well written and meticulously researched. The book is based on original research. Ward states he spent many hours in the Library of Congress researching for the book. Ward also interviewed local San Francisco literary historians and Hammett researchers. This book makes a great addition to the biographies on Hammett. Ward is a good storyteller so the book is a delight to read. The book is short at about 5 hours and Brian Hollsopple did a good job narrating the book.
Years ago I took the Maltese Falcon Walking Tour in San Francisco and found it interesting and fun besides being good exercise walking up and down the San Francisco streets.
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I love His books but knew nothing of the man. This book helped me learn a lot about Dashell Hamett the man who was and why his books have lasted through time. If your a Hamett fan you will love this book.