The three classic novels published here in one volume are rich with the
crisp prose, subtle characters, and intricate plots that made Dashiell
Hammett one of the most admired writers of the twentieth century.
A one-time detective and a master of deft understatement, Hammett virtually invented the hard-boiled crime novel. In The Maltese Falcon,
Sam Spade, a private eye with his own solitary code of ethics, tangles
with a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop
of a dime. The Thin Man introduces Hammett's wittiest creations, Nick and Nora Charles, who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. And in Red Harvest,
Hammett's anonymous tough-guy detective, the Continental Op, takes on
the entire town of Poisonville in a deadly war against corruption.