I’m just under the wire — on the West Coast, anyway — in reminding readers that it was “50 years ago today, on January 10, 1961, that American detective-story writer Dashiell Hammett — who’d invented enduring characters such as The Continental Op and Sam Spade, and in the course of it, changed the character of detective fiction itself — perished of lung cancer at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital. He was only 66 years old, but had contracted tuberculosis during World War I and then damaged his health still further by persistently over-consuming alcohol and cigarettes.”

That’s all from The Rap Sheet’s wonderful tribute to Hammett, which can be found here.

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