A one-hour public television (PBS) biography of Dashiell Hammett, creator of the "hardboiled" modern detective novel and author of "The Maltese Falcon" and "The Thin Man." It follows Hammett's life from Pinkerton detective in San Francisco to his career as fiction and screen writer, companion of playwright Lillian Hellman, and leftwing political activist. The biography investigates why Hammett stopped writing at the height of his fame. Written by
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"The Case of Dashiell Hammett" was a much-praised and highly-rated PBS documentary, which won a George Foster Peabody Award and a special "Edgar" (Edgar Allan Poe) Award from the Mystery Writers of America. See more