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 liDashiell 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.The tenth clew The golden horseshoe The house in Turk Street The girl with the silver eyes The whosis kid The main death The farewell murder.
The Continental Op 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 co
The Continental Op is a collection of short stories starring Dashiell Hammett s detective character, The Continental Op Here are just some of the tales contained within.The Tenth Clew Millionaire Leopold Gantvoort is found dead and signs point to the mysterious Emil Bonfils But what of the obvious suspect, Gantvoort s 23 year old wife to be Not a bad way to start the collection I ve never read a story where someone had their head bashed in with a typewriter before The mystery was pretty good, t [...]
For a 1920s collection from the early days of hardboiled PI stories this collection has several brilliant stories Also a main character in the OP whose narrative is so interesting that he could carry many collections books on his own.The OP is so different from other hardboiled PI s and not only in his looks He is much in control of his emotions,actions and only cares about doing his job The stories are darker, corrupt world than the latter traditional detective stories that Marlowe and co i [...]
Extended review to follow I ve got some catching up to do I ll just start by saying Thanks to group Pulp Fiction for selecting this one as April s read Hammett is a favorite of mine However, I had not read the Continental Op short fiction These are gems.At first impression, these stories may seem to come across as a little on the old fashioned side The lingo is clearly from an earlier time But the contemporary reader of hard boiled fiction wouldn t have so much on the shelf if it hadn t been for [...]
Hammett s Continental Op could easily be called the Anti Sam Spade Anonymous, overweight, and absolutely loyal to his employer, the Op is one of the finest first person narrators in all of hardboiled literature, and this collection of short stories bristles with 30s slang, droll humor, and plenty of Bay Area verisimilitude.
Say, listen You don t know me and I don t know you, but we have an acquaintance, shall we say, in common It s that bird over at the Continental Detective Agency You know who I mean Short, pudgy fall Stubborn as a mule You know him cause some other bird name of Hammett wrote up some of his cases and published it under the moniker The Continental Op I know im cause he s the lout what put me here in Alcatraz.Yeah, I read is book Read in about a day and a half What else do I have to do for the next [...]
I ve been on a crime novel kick recently and the latest is one of the Dashiell Hammett books I haven t read The Continental Op It is a collection of stories some interlocking about the detective agency unnamed continental operative There s a very good introduction written by Steve Marcus who makes some good observations about Hammett For example, he summarizes Hammett s philosophy that despite everything we have learned and everything we know, men will persist in behaving and trying to behave sa [...]
Hammett s Continental Op picked up where he left off or began in the Red Harvest Here he created the prototype gumshoe for future detective novels with this of the tough, emotionally hardened, surly character This compilation brings the Continental Operative to various cities and different missions There are about six or seven stories ranging between 40 60 pages Each piece of pulp fiction presents a charming dialogue and a razor sharp machine gun driven plot Someone said brevity is the heart of [...]
This gets the full five stars Prototype hard boiled detective stuff that holds up well eighty some years after being written It s a collection of short stories that would work as a tv series in the present The continental oop was Hammett s precursor for Sam Spade Most of the CO stories are available in three anthologies so I ll be obtaining the other two I ll probably explore some Raymond Chandler also.
As you can see I read this years and years ago when the vintage series came out with these nice reprints of Hammett s works.I don t consider this his best work, but like all of his books it is well crafted and very enjoyable The Continental Op operative is based on experiences that Hammett himself experienced as a Pinkerton detective or heard from other Pinkerton agents.The Op is nothing like Sam Spade or Nick Charles, but if you like mystery and hard boiled, American detective fiction, you shou [...]
Early short stories from the rightly famous author of The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man.I liked to see the writing style and the development of the impassive detective My version came with an intro by Lillian Hellman Almost as interesting as the stories themselves.
When we think about hardboiled detectives, we often think of Sam Spade and The Maltese Falcon Nothing, however, ever beats the original, and the original was The Continental Op Most of the great crime films I have seen over the course of my lifetime were either tangentially or directly influenced by this figure Yojimbo was the Op The Man with No Name was the Op even Tom Reagan was the Op All three great characters were derived from Dashiell Hammett s detective After all, the Op was the protagoni [...]
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I was a little disappointed with this collection of stories Part of the problem was I had grand and unfair expectations after reading The Maltese Falcon a while ago This is not The Maltese Falcon Part of the appeal of that book is the character of Sam Spade the Continental Op is not nearly as interesting In fact, he s not really very interesting at all The other appeal was the terse, almost cinematic style Here the shift to first person removes much of the elegance of the writing It still shows [...]
DASHIELL HAMMETT THE CONTINENTAL OP this ed 1974 orig 1920s Dashiell HammettThis is a collection of Hammett s short stories that originally appeared in BLACK MASK magazine in the 1920s that featured the Continental Op as the hero The Continental was a member of a protection agency much like the Pinkerton of the day He had no name he was just referred to as an Op The seven stories that appear in this book often served as the basis of the longer plots that Hammett used in his novels The character [...]
Dashiell Hammett was born in St Mary s County, Maryland He grew up in Balti He worked as a detective for the infamous Pinkerton agency before quitting over political differences He served in both World Wars Later in life, he became a card carrying member of the American Communist Party He also invented modern crime fiction.This isn t a comprehensive collection of Hammet s Continental Op cycle, but it does have a good selection of representative stories The nameless protagonist is the archetypal [...]
I had some initial difficulty adjusting to the language and time period involved in these stories but it was well worth the effort to do so.The unnamed Operative of the Continental Detective Agency is the consummate, focused professional nothing stands between him and completing his job certainly nothing very much like morals or the letter of the law.Depending on the story the Op is often on the borderline between the maverick cop who bends the rules to bring the bad guys to justice but only bad [...]
The Man with No Name no, not Clint Eastwood, the other one the Continental Op, Hammett s squat, sardonic and almost unstoppable detective protagonist, who manages never to be named in all of his man appearances This book is so noir it will stain your fingers black, nothing but treacherous dames, conniving crooks and murders, scheming heiresses, and issues of race and social class that seem almost modern Not to mention that the Continental Op takes a ridiculous beating in virtually every story, o [...]
If you like old style, hard boiled detective stories, this book is for you It s a collection of short stories that Hammett wrote featuring the Continental Op He s a tough detective in his 40s that works for the Continental Detective Agency Most of the stories take place in and around San Francisco in the 1920s and 30s.The Continental Op was the prototype that Hammett used for Sam Spade He also inspired a lot of detectives, such as Raymond Chandler s Marlowe As I was reading this book, I kept pic [...]
I didn t realize this was a short story collection until I was halfway through the first story I understand that the Continental Op character is the archetype for hard boiled fiction and that Hammett wrote these stories based on his own experiences as a Pinkerton detective, but they aren t necessarily great They feel like pulp magazine fiction and are generally straightforward and then this happened and this happened after that I understand that Hammett s writing became nuanced by the time he g [...]
Esquire had a list of the 75 books every man should read, and I noticed this book was on it, one of the few Dashiell Hammett books I hadn t read It was a perfect read for me because they were a series of short stories that I could read in the morning before work Anyone who likes good detective stories should like Hammett s hard boiled characters anyway, but the no named Op just reads like Bogart or perhaps a huskier version of him The Golden Horseshoe, the first story, is probably my favorite, b [...]
I d never read any of Hammett s short fiction before and was pleasantly surprised by what I found These are brisk, snappy stories that are ludicrous fun to read and on the action side of the spectrum than the sleuthing, which suited me just fine The Golden Horseshoe and The Girl With the Silver Eyes were my favourites of the bunch, though the oddly surreal The Farewell Murder was probably the most memorable piece, with its mix of African tribal curses, Russian millionaires and a psychopathic Br [...]
Hammett s San Francisco is the older brother to Chandler s Los Angeles and grand daddy to Ellroy s America The city s alleys slick with wet fog, bad cigars and dark hearts The bay a constant, cold beacon, less a landscape than a mechanism for orientation when you ve got a bullet in the gut Our city may have lost almost all of her all night diners and soda fountain neon to the vagaries of the 21st century, but there s still not much better than reading these stories during a hearty December rain. [...]
These are some of the earliest of Hammet s stories featuring the unnamed Continental Op Most of them are good, but the only one that approaches the excellence of the the Continental Op novels Red Harvest and The Dain Curse is the Main Murder In this story Hammet displays his talent for creating memorable secondary characters and crackling dialogue.
So this dudee Continental Op.he s a streetwise tough in his own right, who doesn t seem to mind getting his hands dirty The Frisco PD should be glad he stays, for the most part, on the right side of the law.This collection epitomizes the heart of good noir I have already ordered Red Harvest from the library Glad to have read it.
A great collection of short mysteries told in a matter of fact tone My favorite thing about this book were the clinical descriptions of out moded practices like sending telegrams, and 1920s San Francisco.
After reading some of Hammett s full length books with great enjoyment, I picked up this book It is a collection of short stories about a hardboiled detective These stories are mysterious, sometimes seedy, and always entertaining.
Great action with a hero whose methods are occasionally shady but who resists the temptations of the dark side and gets the bad guy in the end As with all Hammett, the dialog is particularly strong A very good set of short stories.
Hammett draws on his background as a Pinkerton agent for his Continental Op stories I think there was another book of his short stories put out, but I no longer have that one and cannot recall the title They are good stories.
A great travel companion for any trip where you aren t driving yourself anyway, let alone crazy It is fat with noir pulpiness and should assume it s rightful place in every over coat s pocket, backpack, or brief case.