Hammett: Pick-Up on Post Street

Sitting in his rooms in 891 Post Street in San Francisco one of the star writers for the wood-pulp Black Mask cooked up a yarn that would make him the name to conjure with for closing in on a century — and counting.

A little love story and a murder mystery, noir before noir was cool.

Alfred A. Knopf publishers released the first edition of that novel on Valentine’s Day 1930.

The Maltese Falcon.

By Dashiell Hammett.

Ninety-one years ago today.

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