Creeping Siamese by Dashiell Hammett (1926)
Tuesday’s Detective Tale May 24, 2022
A man stumbles into the Continental Detective Agency. He drops dead on the floor. Stabbed in the left breast, the man’s wound is staunched with red silk—which seems to be a sarong.
If you love crime stories with ace detectives, then you must be a fan of Dashiell Hammett. This story is a cool little plot puzzle with imaginative clues. Good one!
“Hammett did over and over again what only the best writers can ever do at all. He wrote scenes that seemed never to have been written before.” Raymond Chandler.
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We like to remember Dashiell Hammett as the inventor of hardboiled detective fiction with brutal realism and wry humor. Hammett worked for the Pinkerton Detective Agency for eight years before he began writing his stories. His first short story was published by The Black Mask in 1923.
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One response to “Dropped Dead”
Hammett was an honest-to-goodness private eye before he became a mystery writer? I didn’t know that! No wonder his stories are so tangible.