Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) was an American crime novelist, whose books include The Maltese Falcon (1930), The Glass Key (1931), and The Thin Man (1932).
Hammett was a former Pinkerton detective agent. In 1951 he was imprisoned for contempt of court for refusing to testify during the McCarthy era of anticommunist witch-hunts. He lived with the playwright Lillian Hellraan.
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Dashiell Hammett was an American author of detective novels and short stories and screenwriter.