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Hammett's five novels, written within a five-year period, range over contrasting styles of mystery and have two other investigators in Ned Beaumont and Nick Charles. Raymond Chandler's career was longer but stayed more closely attached to a private-eye hero, whose personality was tended with an affection that Hammett's detachment would never allow. And yet, despite or perhaps because of his sentiment towards Philip Marlowe, Chandler fretted against the limitations of formula fiction. Describing his own apprenticeship with Black Mask he wrote, 'some of us tried pretty hard to break out of the forumula but we usually got caught and sent back.

Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon (1930) ch. 1; in Four Great Novels, p. 375. 30. Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, ch. 2; in Four Great Novels, p. 382. Camera Eye! Private Eye 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 37 Frank MacShane, The Life of Raymond Chandler (London: Jonathan Cape, 1976) p. 51. , p. 63. Quoted in Jerry Speir, Raymond Chandler (New York: Frederick Ungar, 1981) p. 119. Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, p. 7. : Houghton Mifflin, 1962) p. 54. Raymond Chandler, The Lady in the Lake (1944); Octopus edn (London: Heinemann, 1977) p.

Ch. 3; p. 17. Graham Greene, Brighton Rock (1943) pt 1, ch. 1; Penguin edn 18. (Harmondsworth, 1943) pp. 15, 8. 19. , pt 2, ch. 1; p. 43. 20. William Faulkner, Sanctuary (1931) ch. 1; Penguin edn (Harmondsworth, 1953) pp. 5-7. 21. , p. 5. 22. Ibid. 23. Sinda Gregory, Private Investigations: The Novels of Dashiell Hammett (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1985) p. 19. 24. Ibid. 25. Dashiell Hammett, Red Harvest (1929) ch. 10; in Four Great Novels (London: Picador, 1982) p. 79. 26.

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