Monday, October 01, 2012

Happy Birthday to the Continental Op

"Your fat chief of police tried to assassinate me.... - The Barnes & Noble Review: "Peter Collinson" published "Arson Plus" in Black Mask magazine on this day in 1923, introducing a nameless hero called “the Continental Detective.” Soon the hero was “the Continental Op,” and soon Dashiell Hammett was signing his work with his real name.

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Leigh Lundin said...

As a kid, I devoured those nameless detective stories and I still love them. Thanks, Bill.

Gerard said...

My favorite. I do not recall which one I read first but I would buy Hammett reprints in bookstores.