Tag Archives: Falcon from Knopf

Hammett: 92 Years Ago Today

Valentine’s Day — for some reason or just random coincidence, one of those beams falling you hear about, in 1930 the Alfred A. Knopf company selected this date for the official publication of a little noir love story titled The … Continue reading

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Hammett: And 90 Years Ago Today

A couple of sweet lovebirds named Sam and Brigid made woo as Alfred A. Knopf released a new novel by Dashiell Hammett. The title? The Maltese Falcon. Happy Valentine’s Day, you romantic saps.

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Hammett: By That Sweet Neck

Eighty-four years ago today the publisher Alfred A. Knopf debuted an instant classic titled The Maltese Falcon. As I always say, the sickest Valentine’s day novel ever. Yeah, maybe I love you and maybe you love me. This side of … Continue reading

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Hammett: And the Oscar Goes To

As I was moping around the web during Oscar season this year a bit of information attracted my attention. I’d no doubt seen the same stats when I looked over Oscar info the previous season, but no bells rang at that time. This … Continue reading

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Hammett: “You’ve Never Read Hammett!”

A few years ago I was in the now gone “M” Is For Mystery Bookstore for a talk. Near the end of the remarks the speaker — kind of an absurd little guy — suddenly remembered that the collection Crime Stories … Continue reading

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Hammett: “What About His Daughter?”

Birthday 75 for the Golden Gate Bridge. Birthday 118 for Dashiell Hammett. . . . What to do for the birthday this year? How about something Hammettesque I’ve never heard of before? I checked some sources, not a mention — as … Continue reading

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Hammett: If They Don’t Hang You

Eighty-two years ago today, Alfred A. Knopf released the hardcover first edition of The Maltese Falcon —- as I sometimes say as an aside on the tour, the sickest Valentine’s Day offering ever. Yeah, there’s romance. Definitive murder-shadowed noir romance. Just a … Continue reading

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Death Lit: The Black (Mask) Bird

While I’m not doing a regular crime and mystery review column any more, and you’d have a very hard time talking me into the idea again, I still manage to knock out seven or eight standalone reviews every year in … Continue reading

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Sinister Cinema: Lorre Noir

Valentine’s Day again — one of the birthdays of noir. In 1930 — 81 years ago today — Knopf released the first edition of The Maltese Falcon in hardcovers. As I maintain in the short essay “San Francisco Noir” (and to my … Continue reading

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News: February 2010

EIGHTY YEARS ON THE MEAN STREETS! On Valentine’s Day in 1930 Alfred Knopf released Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon in its first edition. To celebrate this cornerstone of the hardboiled and noir making it to its eightieth anniversary, Don is offering … Continue reading

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