Thursday, April 05, 2012

New Hammett in the works

Snatched from the Rara-Avis e-mail list earlier today:

Otto Penzler has announced a new book coming from The Mysterious Press: "The Return of the Thin Man" by Dashiell Hammett. It will include Hammett's 1935 original story that became the movie "After the Thin Man," his 1938 story for "Another Thin Man" (based on his Continental Op story "The Farewell Murder"), and the brief parody treatment he wrote in 1938 for a fourth Thin Man movie.

The "After the Thin Man" story was previously published issues 5 and 6 of the paperback magazine "The New Black Mask" in 1986 and in the 1987 U.K. paperback anthology "Crime Wave" published by Robinson and edited by Richard Layman and Matt Bruccoli. The other two stories have never been published anywhere.

The book will also include notes by Hammett scholar Layman and Hammett's granddaughter Julie Rivett. Penzler didn't announce an exact publication date, just "late fall."

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