• How Dashiell Hammett's Contintental Op Became a Depression-Era Icon

    After an era of gentleman detectives, Hammett brought the world a detective grounded in (and ground down by) hard-edged reality.

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    The Joys of Mystery Fiction's Most Enduring Tropes

    The tropes of the murder mystery genre are familiar and widely parodied. My personal favorite is the remote island location:...