Dashiell Hammett
(1894-1961)

Died aged c. 67

Samuel Dashiell Hammett (/ˈsæmjʊəl dəˈʃiːl ˈhæmət/; May 27, 1894 – January 10, 1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, screenwriter, and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse). Hammett "is now widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time". In his obituary in the New York Times, he was described as "the dean of the... 'hard-boiled' school of detective fiction." Time magazine included Hammett's 1929 novel Red Harvest on its list of the 100 best English-language novels published between 1923 and 2005. His novels and stories also had a significant influence on films.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Brian Cooper on Flickr
Brian Cooper on Flickr

On approximately this spot Miles Archer, partner of Sam Spade, was done in by Bridgid O'Shaughnessy.

Burritt Street, junction with Bush Steet, San Francisco, CA, United States where they imagined

Home of Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade. Dashiell Hammett (1896 -1961) lived in this building from 1926 until 1929 whe he wrote his first three novels Red Harvest (1929), The Dain Curse (1929), and The Maltese Falcon (1930). Sam Spade's apartment in The Maltese Falcon is modeled on Hammett's, which was on the northwest corner of the fourth floor.

891 Post Street, San Francisco, CA, United States where they lived (1926-1929)