Re: RARA-AVIS: Chandler or Hammett? -- Plus A Glance At John Morgan Wilson

Date: 02 Dec 2003

Alan H. wrote:

> As far as the private detective convention goes: The Maltese Falcon was
> published in 1930. Chandler started publishing in 1933. Does anyone know whether
> anyone preceded Hammett in this?

Quite a few people: Doyle and Christie spring to mind. However, if you mean the "single owner/operator agency" detail, well, Spade was in business with Archer before he got murdered. After that Spade works alone, I guess.

Does Carroll John Daly's Race Williams count?

All the Best,


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