Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery


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Arcade Publishing
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5.5 X 1.0 X 8.6 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Sally Cline is an award-winning writer and scholar and the author of twelve books, including the biographies Radclyffe Hall: A Woman Called John and Zelda Fitzgerald: The Tragic, Meticulously Researched Biography of the Jazz Age's High Priestess, published by Arcade Publishing. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2013 was one of three judges for the H. W. Fisher Biography Prize for the Best First Biography published in UK. She lives in Cambridge, England.


"VERDICT: Man of Mystery delivers the goods on Hammett, in brief. . . . Keeping her subject squarely in focus, [Cline] offers a fairly succinct overview of his personality and career. Her analyses of his novels including The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man, are lean. . . . What is found in abundance are salacious details, presented in standard linear narrative, as Hammett--lifetime consumptive, philander, and inebriate extra-ordinaire--treats people badly against an endless backdrop of crummy apartments, hotel penthouses, jail cells, army barracks, and Hollywood locales. . . . An entertaining and informative read."--Library Journal

"Extremely well-written, it provides the best account thus far of Hammett's view of life."--National Review

"Sally Cline has captured the essence of Dashiell Hammett in a fast-paced and entertaining exploration of his life and his work. In pages filled with absorbing detail, Cline provides a scholarly reinterpretation with which future writers will have to grapple. This is an important achievement!"
--Alice Kessler-Harris, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of History, Columbia University, and author of A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman

"Sympathetically written and scrupulously researched, Sally Cline's Dashiell Hammett corrects the record and offers new insights into this complex and enigmatic man, giving us a vivid portrait not only of Hammett but also of his world and circle." --Marion Elizabeth Rodgers, author of Mencken: the American Iconoclast

"Sally Cline's Dashiell Hammett is incisive and authoritative, and especially good at seeing Hammett in the context of his times." --Diane Johnson, author of Flyover Lives: A Memoir, Le Mariage, and Dashiell Hammett: A Life