A CHRONOLOGY OF

HAMMETT’S FICTION  

The following is a fairly comprehensive list of Hammett’s fiction, organized by date of publication, along with where these stories can be located today (if anywhere).  

“The Parthian Shot” (a one-paragraph sketch)

Original publication: The Smart Set, October 1922

Most recently reprinted in Lost Stories, 2005

"The Great Lovers"  (sketch)

Original publication:  The Smart Set, November 1922

Most recently reprinted in Lost Stories, 2005

“Immortality” (written as “Daghull Hammett”)

Original publication: 10 Story Book, November 1922

Most recently reprinted in Lost Stories, 2005

“The Barber and His Wife” (written as “Peter Collinson”)

Original publication: Brief Stories, December 1922

Most recently reprinted in Lost Stories, 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1922

 1923

“The Sardonic Star of Tom Doody” (written as “Peter Collinson”)

Original publication: Brief Stories, February 1923

Most recently reprinted in Lost Stories, 2005

Reprinted elsewhere as “Wages of Crime”

 

“The Road Home” (written as “Peter Collinson”)

Original publication: Black Mask, December 1922

Most recently reprinted in Lost Stories, 2005

“The Master Mind” (sketch)

Original Publication: The Smart Set, January 1923

Most recently reprinted in Lost Stories, 2005

“From the Memoirs of a Private Detective”

Original publication: The Smart Set, March 1923

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories & Other Writings, 2001

 

“The Joke on Eloise Morey”

Original publication: Brief Stories, June 1923

Most recently reprinted in Lost Stories, 2005

 

“The Vicious Circle” (written as “Peter Collinson”)

Original publication: Black Mask, June 15, 1923

Most recent reprint (although it’s not recent at all): Woman in the Dark, 1951, under the title “The Man Who Stood in the Way.”

 

“The Crusader” (written as “Mary Jane Hammett”)

Original publication: The Smart Set, August 1923

Most recently reprinted in Lost Stories, 2005

 

“Arson Plus” (written as “Peter Collinson")

Featuring the Continental Op in his first adventure

Original publication: Black Mask, October 1, 1923

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories & Other Writings, 2001

 

“Slippery Fingers” (written as “Peter Collinson”) and

“Crooked Souls” (written as “Dashiell Hammett”) Reprinted elsewhere under the title “The Gatewood Caper.”  

Both of these Continental Op stories originally appeared in the same issue of Black Mask, October 15, 1923.

Both were reprinted in Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001

 

“The Dimple” (Reprinted elsewhere as “In The Morgue.”)

Original publication: Saucy Stories, October 15, 1923

Most recently reprinted in Lost Stories, 2005

 

“The Green Elephant”

Original publication: The Smart Set, October 1923

Most recently reprinted in Lost Stories, 2005

“Laughing Masks”

(Reprinted elsewhere as “When Luck’s Running Good”)  

Original publication: Action Stories, November 1923

Most recently reprinted in Lost Stories, 2005

 

“It”

Original publication: Action Stories, November 1923

Original publication: Black Mask, November 1, 1923

Most recent reprint: Woman in the Dark, 1951, under the title “The Black Hat That Wasn’t There.”

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 1924

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“The Second-Story Angel”

Original publication: Black Mask, November 15, 1923

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999

 

“Bodies Piled Up” (Reprinted elsewhere as either “The Bodies Piled Up” or “House Dick”)

Original publication: Black Mask, December 1, 1923

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999, under the title “House Dick.”  

 

“Itchy”  (Reprinted elsewhere as “Itchy the Debonair”)

Original publication: Brief Stories, January 1924

Most recent reprint: Lost Stories, 2005

“The Tenth Clew” (sometimes spelled “The Tenth Clue,” including on this magazine cover.)  

Original publication: Black Mask, January 1, 1924

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001  

 

 

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 1925

“The Man Who Killed Dan Odams”  

Original publication: Black Mask, January 15, 1924

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 2001

 

 

“Esther Entertains”  

Original publication: Brief Stories, February 1924

Most recent reprint: Lost Stories, 2005

 

 

“Night Shots”   

Original publication: Black Mask, February 1, 1924

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999

 

 

 

“The New Racket”  

Original publication: Black Mask, February 15, 1924

Most recent reprint: The Adventures of Sam Spade, 1944, under the title “The Judge Laughed Last.”

 

 

 

The March 1, 1924 issue of Black Mask contained two Hammett stories:  “Zigzags of Treachery,” which featured the Continental Op, and “Afraid of a Gun,” which didn’t.  Both were reprinted in Nightmare Town. “Zigzags” was also reprinted in Crime Stories and Other Writings.

 

“One Hour”

Original publication: Black Mask, April 1, 1924

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999

 

“The House in Turk Street”

Original publication: Black Mask, April 15, 1924

Most recent reprint: Vintage Hammett, 2005.  Also Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001.

 

“The Girl with Silver Eyes”  

Original publication: Black Mask, June 1924

Most recent reprint: Vintage Hammett, 2005.  Also Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001.

 

“Women, Politics and Murder”   

Original publication: Black Mask, September 1924

Recent reprints: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001. Also in Nightmare Town, 1999, under the title “Death on Pine Street.”

 

“The Golden Horseshoe”   

Original publication: Black Mask, November 1924

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001

 

 

“Who Killed Bob Teal?” (by "Dashiell Hammett of the Continental Detective Agency.")  

Original publication: True Detective Stories, November 1924

(Hammett originally intended this story to be published in Black Mask, like the rest of his Continental Op stories. Black Mask rejected it, but True Detective Stories was willing to print it.)

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999

 

“Nightmare Town”  

Original publication: Argosy All-Story Weekly, December 27, 1924

Recent reprints: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001. Nightmare Town, 1999.

 

“Mike, Alec or Rufus?”  

Original publication: Black Mask, January, 1925

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999, under the title “Tom, Dick or Harry?”

 

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"Another Perfect Crime" (Until recently, this story was believed to be lost to the ages, but a copy finally surfaced.)

Original publication: Experience, February 1925

Most recent reprint: Lost Stories, 2005

 

“The Whosis Kid”

Original publication: Black Mask, March 1925

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001

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“Ber-Bulu”  

Original publication: Sunset magazine, March 1925

Most recent reprint: Lost Stories, 2005

 

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“The Scorched Face”   

Original publication: Black Mask, May 1925

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999

 

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“Corkscrew” (The Continental Op in the Wild West)  

Original publication: Black Mask, September 1925

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999

 

“Ruffian’s Wife”  

Original publication: Sunset magazine, October 1925

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999

“Dead Yellow Women”   

Original publication: Black Mask, November 1925

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001

 

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“The Gutting of Couffignal”   

Original publication: Black Mask, December 1925

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001

 

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“The Man Who Loved Ugly Women”

Original publication: Experience, exact date unknown

(No copies of this story are known to exist)

 1926

“The Nails in Mr. Cayterer”  

Original publication: Black Mask, January 1926

Most recent reprint: The Creeping Siamese, 1950.

 

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“The Assistant Murderer” (Featuring Alec Rush, the world's ugliest detective)

Original publication: Black Mask, February 1926

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999

“Creeping Siamese”   

Original publication: Black Mask, March 1926

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001

 

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 1927

“The Advertising Man Writes a Love Letter”  

Original publication: Judge, February 26, 1927

Most recent reprint: Lost Stories, 2005

“The Big Knockover”

Original publication: Black Mask, February 1927

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001

 

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“$106,000 Blood Money”   

Original publication: Black Mask, May 1927

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001

 

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Note: “The Big Knockover,” when combined with its sequel, “$106,000 Blood Money,” form Blood Money, which many consider to be Hammett’s true first novel, predating Red Harvest by two years. Since the 1960s, however, they have almost always been presented as two separate short stories, rather than as a novel.

“The Main Death”

Original publication: Black Mask, June 1927

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001  

 

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“The Cleansing of Poisonville”

Original publication: Black Mask, November 1927

(Never reprinted in its original form, but would be reworked to form the first part of the novel Red Harvest.)

“Crime Wanted - Male or Female”

Original publication: Black Mask, December 1927

(Never reprinted in its original form, but would be reworked to form the second part of the novel Red Harvest.)

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 1928

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“This King Business”

Original publication: Mystery Stories, January 1928

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001

(A rare appearance of the Continental Op in a magazine other than Black Mask.)

“Dynamite”

Original publication: Black Mask, January 1928  

(Never reprinted in its original form, but would be reworked to form the third part of the novel Red Harvest.)

“The 19th Murder”

Original publication: Black Mask, February 1928  

(Never reprinted in its original form, but would be reworked to form the final part of the novel Red Harvest.)

“Black Lives”

Original publication: Black Mask, November 1928  

(Never reprinted in its original form, but would be reworked to form the first part of the novel The Dain Curse.)

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“The Hollow Temple”

Original publication: Black Mask, December 1928  

(Never reprinted in its original form, but would be reworked to form the second part of the novel The Dain Curse.)

 1929

“Black Honeymoon”

Original publication: Black Mask, January 1929  

(Never reprinted in its original form, but would be reworked to form the third part of the novel The Dain Curse.)

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“Black Riddle”  

Original publication: Black Mask, February 1929  

(Never reprinted in its original form, but would be reworked to form the final part of the novel The Dain Curse.)

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Red Harvest (Hammett's first hardback novel)

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, February 1929

Recent reprint: Complete Novels, 1999

 

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The Dain Curse (Hammett’s second hardback novel, mere months after the first)  

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, July 1929

Recent reprint: Complete Novels, 1999

 

“Fly Paper”  

Original publication: Black Mask, August 1929

Most recent reprint: Vintage Hammett, 2005. Also Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001

 

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“The Maltese Falcon,” part 1 of 5

Original publication: Black Mask, September 1929

Reprinted in The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories, 2010

 

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“The Maltese Falcon,” part 2 of 5

Original publication: Black Mask, October 1929

Reprinted in The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories, 2010

 

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“The Maltese Falcon,” part 3 of 5

Original publication: Black Mask, November 1929

Reprinted in The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories, 2010

 

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“The Maltese Falcon,” part 4 of 5

Original publication: Black Mask, December 1929

Reprinted in The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories, 2010

 

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 1930

“The Maltese Falcon,” part 5 of 5

Original publication: Black Mask, January 1930

Reprinted in The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories, 2010

 

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“Diamond Wager”  (written as “Samuel Dashiell”)

Original publication: Detective Fiction Weekly, October 19, 1929

Never reprinted until The Hunter and Other Stories, 2013

The Maltese Falcon (Hammett’s third hardback novel)

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, February 1930

Recent reprint: Complete Novels, 1999

 

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“The Farewell Murder”   

Original publication: Black Mask, February 1930

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001  

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“Ah, Fate!”  (written as “Peter Collinson”)  

Original publication: The American Short Story, February 1930

UPDATE: Hammett researcher Terry Zobeck has recently determined that “Ah Fate!” is actually a reprint of “The Sardonic Star of Tom Doody.” (See Brief Stories, February 1923, above)

“The Glass Key”

Original publication: Black Mask, March 1930   

(Never reprinted in its original form, but would be reworked to form the first part of the novel The Glass Key.)

The Cyclone Shot”

Original publication: Black Mask, April 1930

(Never reprinted in its original form, but would be reworked to form the second part of the novel The Glass Key.)

“Dagger Point”

Original publication: Black Mask, May 1930

(Never reprinted in its original form, but would be reworked to form the third part of the novel The Glass Key.)

“The Shattered Key”

Original publication: Black Mask, June 1930

(Never reprinted in its original form, but would be reworked to form the final part of the novel The Glass Key.)

“Death and Company” (Hammett’s final Continental Op story)  

Original publication: Black Mask, November 1930

Most recent reprint: Return of the Continental Op, 1945.

 

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 1931

The Glass Key (Hammett’s fourth hardback novel, and his personal favorite)

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, January 1931. For some reason, Knopf released The Glass Key slightly earlier in the UK than in the USA. The UK edition is shown here.

Recent reprint: Complete Novels, 1999

 

 

Creeps by Night: Hammett wrote the introduction to this 1931 horror anthology, and is credited as editor. Also released as Modern Tales of Horror. In 1961, a shortened version was published, retitled The Red Brain; later still, the title was changed to Breakdown.

1)  John Day, 1931 (hardback with dust jacket)

2)  Tudor, 1932 (hardback with dust jacket)

3)  Victor Gollancz, Ltd, 1932 (hardback with dust jacket)

4)  World, 1941 (hardback with dust jacket)

5)  Belmont, 1961 (hardback with dust jacket)

6)  Belmont, 1961 (paperback)

7)  Four Square, 1966 (paperback)

8)  New English Library, 1968 (paperback)

 

 1932

“On the Way”  

Original publication: Harper’s Bazaar, March 1932

Never reprinted until The Hunter and Other Stories, 2013

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“A Man Called Spade”  

Original publication: American Magazine, July 1932

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999

Too Many Have Lived”

Original publication: American Magazine, October 1932

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999

“They Can Only Hang You Once”

Original publication: Collier’s, November 19, 1932

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999

 1933

 1934

After 1934, Hammett’s career as a fiction writer was effectively over. However, as the decades passed, previously-unseen Hammett occasionally came to light:

1934: A two volume compilation of Hammett-scripted “Secret Agent X-9” comic strips.

 

 

1966: “Tulip,” an unfinished novel fragment is included in The Big Knockover, edited by Lillian Hellman.

2011: The Strand Magazine, issue number 33 includes “So I Shot Him,” which, despite its title is not a crime story.

2012: Return of the Thin Man presents Hammett’s screen treatments for After the Thin Man (which has appeared in print before) and Another Thin Man (which has not).

1961: Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine prints “A Man Named Thin,” featuring Robin Thin, a Hammett character unseen since 1926’s “The Nails in Mr. Cayterer”

1975: City of San Francisco magazine presents an “all-Hammett” issue, which includes an uncompleted draft of The Thin Man, in which Nick & Nora Charles do not appear. It has since been reprinted both in Nightmare Town (1999) and Crime Stories and Other Writings. (2001).

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The Thin Man (Hammett’s fifth and final novel)

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, January 1934.

Recent reprint: Complete Novels, 1999

 

“The Thin Man” (magazine preview of the upcoming novel)

Original publication: Redbook, December 1933

A condensed (and sanitized) version.  Never reprinted in this form.

 

“Albert Pastor at Home”  

Original publication: Esquire, Autumn 1933

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999

 

“Night Shade”  

Original publication: Mystery League Magazine, October 1, 1933

Most recent reprint: Lost Stories, 2005.  Also Vintage Hammett, 2005

“Woman in the Dark” (part 3 of 3)  

Original publication: Liberty magazine, April 22, 1933

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001

“Woman in the Dark” (part 2 of 3)  

Original publication: Liberty magazine, April 15, 1933

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001

“Woman in the Dark” (part 1 of 3)  

Original publication: Liberty magazine, April 8, 1933

Most recent reprint: Crime Stories and Other Writings, 2001

“Two Sharp Knives” (Sometimes reprinted as “To a Sharp Knife.”)

Original publication: Collier’s, January 13, 1934

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999

 

“His Brother’s Keeper”  

Original publication: Collier’s, February 17, 1934

Most recent reprint: Nightmare Town, 1999

 

“This Little Pig”  

Original publication: Collier’s, 24 March 1934

Most recent reprint: Lost Stories, 2005

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“Holiday”

Original publication: The New Pearson’s, July 1923

Most recently reprinted in Lost Stories, 2005

 

“Strength”   (written as “Peter Collinson”)

Original publication: The American Short Story, April 1930

UPDATE: Hammett researcher Terry Zobeck has recently determined that “Strength” is actually a reprint of “The Barber and his Wife.” (See Brief Stories, December 1922, above)

2013: The Hunter and Other Stories consists almost entirely of “new” Hammett material, including an unfinished Sam Spade story.

 

 

 

 

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