What life experiences inspired Dashiell Hammett to invent a new kind of detective novel?
Contrast the typical ingredients of the Edgar Allan Poe and Hammett detective stories, respectively.
How does Hammett use humor to satirize the traditional detective story?
What narrative techniques employed by Hammett fostered the successful film adaptation of The Maltese Falcon?
How do Hammett’s most famous detectives, Sam Spade and Nick Charles, differ?