Dooley on Hammett (Was: Re: RARA-AVIS: Suspects)

From: ejmd__ (
Date: 01 Feb 2002

"M Blumenthal" writ:

> I came across Dennis Dooley's Dashiel Hammett.
> I had forgotten I had this and know I haven't
> read it. Should I?


There are dozens of *articles*, but there aren't that many full-length studies of Hammett (though there are several more if the biographies are included). I can't think of a bad one among 'em (although Diane Johnson's Hellman-approved biography came in for considerable stick from Bill Nolan for various factual inaccuracies, which he set out and corrected in a critical article (possibly in Armchair Detective)).

Apart from the Dooley book, there is Sinda Gregory's Private Investigations, which is a study of the novels (a revised version of Gregory's PhD, which received what can best be described as a 'lukewarm' review from Richard Layman); and there is Peter Wolfe's Beams Falling: The Art of Dashiell Hammett; and there's Nolan's Casebook.

HTH ;-)


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