The Continental Op

Hammett, Dashiell

(Book - 1992)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Continental Op
Short, thick-bodied, mulishly stubborn, and indifferent to pain, Dashiell Hammett's Continetal Op was the prototype for generations of tough-guy detectives. In these stories the Op unravels a murder with too many clues, looks for a girl with eyes the color of shadows on polished silver, and tangles with a crooked-eared gunman called the Whosis Kid.

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Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1992
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed
ISBN: 0679722580
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY HAMMETT 1992
Characteristics: xxix, 319 p. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Marcus, Steven


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The Continental Op is a 20th c. US mythical figure - a complicated un-hero who nevertheless embodies a kind of American ideal about law, order and the troubled but allegedly unbreakable individual. -Eric G.

Hammett's short stories about the nameless Op first appeared in the 1920s. These were among the first noir stories, and are considered by some to be the finest.

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Dec 14, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Dashiell Hammett is ground zero for what became crime/noir/hardboiled or whatever you want to call it. You can debate whether he was the best, but he was the first and along with Chandler and Cain, he defined an entire genre. This is a collection of short stories featuring the title character. High brow critics will insist his tough, clipped prose was influenced by Hemingway, but Hammett was publishing stories in the early 20s, before Hemingway had made his name. So suck it critics.


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