The Continental Op by Dashiell Hammett (Vintage V-2013 – 1975)

The Continental Op by Dashiell Hammett

The Continental Op by Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett is the true inventor of modern detective fiction and the creator of the private eye, the isolated hero in a world where treachery is the norm. The Continental Op was his great first contribution to the genre and these seven stories, which first appeared in the magazine Black Mask, are the best examples of Hammett’s early writing, in which his formidable literary and moral imagination is already operating at full strength. The Continental Op is the dispassionate fat man working for the Continental Detective Agency, modeled on the Pinkerton Agency, whose only interest is in doing his job in a world of violence, passion, desperate action and great excitement.

The first collection of Continental Op stories that originally appeared in Black Mask magazine. Edited with introduction by Steven Marcus.

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Title: The Continental Op
Author: Dashiell Hammett
Imprint & Number: Vintage V-2013
Cover price: 1.95
Publication date: 1975
Cover artist: uncredited
ISBN: 0-394-72031-X


  • The Tenth Clew (Black Mask, 1/1/24)
  • The Golden Horseshoe (Black Mask, 11/24)
  • The House In Turk Street (Black Mask, 4/15/24)
  • The Girl With The Silver Eyes (Black Mask, 6/24)
  • The Whosis Kid (Black Mask, 3/25)
  • The Main Death (Black Mask, 6/27)
  • The Farewell Murder (Black Mask, 2/30)

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