Samuel Dashiell Hammett (May 27, 1894—January 10, 1961) was an
American author of hardboiled detective novels and short stories.
Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese
Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental
Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse). In addition to the significant
influence his novels and stories had on film, Hammett "is now
widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time"
and was called, in his obituary in the New York Times, "the dean of
the… 'hard-boiled' school of detective fiction". Source:
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