In Dashiell Hammett: Man of Mystery, Cline brilliantly captures the life and times of this often private, enigmatic and talented man. By all accounts, he took pulp fiction yarns – about hard-boiled private eyes, such as his popular creation, Sam Spade, in The Maltese Falcon – to new, and higher, literary heights. Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle would be proud.

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