Re your question below:
"I just came across the information that William F. Nolan wrote a book called . 'Dashiell Hammett: A Casebook' Is this a biography or an analysis of Hammett's writing or what? Is it recommended reading?"
It's both. It's kind of a dry run for the later, more comprehensive, HAMMETT - A LIFE AT THE EDGE.
I'd recommend it. But that would probably seem like a blurb.
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