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The Big Knockover explained The Big Knockover, review The Big Knockover, trailer The Big Knockover, box office The Big Knockover, analysis The Big Knockover, The Big Knockover f02b Short, Thick Bodied, Mulishly Stubborn, And Indifferent To Physical Pain, Dashiell Hammett S Continental Op Was The Prototype For Generations Of Tough Guy Detectives He Is Also The Hero Of Most Of The Nine Stories In This Volume The Op S One Enthusiasm Is Doing His Job, And In The Big Knockover The Jobs Entail Taking On A Gang Of Modern Day Freebooters, A Vice Ridden Hell S Acre In The Arizona Desert, And The Bank Job To End All Bank Jobs, Along With Such Assorted Grifters As Babe McCloor, Bluepoint Vance, Alphabet Shorty McCoy, And The Dis And Dat KidContents Introduction By Lillian HellmanThe Gutting Of CouffignalFly PaperThe Scorched FaceThe King BusinessThe Gatewood CaperDead Yellow WomenCorkscrewTulipThe Big Knockover , Blood Money

  • Paperback
  • 480 pages
  • The Big Knockover
  • Dashiell Hammett
  • English
  • 03 October 2019
  • 9780679722595

About the Author: Dashiell Hammett

Also wrote as Peter Collinson, Daghull Hammett, Samuel Dashiell, Mary Jane HammettSamuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hardboiled detective novels and short stories Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade The Maltese Falcon , Nick and Nora Charles The Thin Man , and the Continental Op Red Harvest and The Dain Curse In addition to the significant influence his nove



10 thoughts on “The Big Knockover

  1. says:

    This was a group of short stories, the first three connected to each other and longer stories, mostly starring our un named Continental Operative Those are my favorite They have all the ingredients of a great story and I enjoy following the short, heavy set detective around as he gathers up clues, makes discoveries and finally at the very end, gets the bad guys, although he is also adebt at letting the bad guys get each other Saves on court costs and taxes.Some of the stories take place in San Francisco, where the Op is stationed Some specifically in China Town, one in an island of the coast of San Francisco and a couple away from Frisco on a ranch and lawless cowboy town.If you like mysteries and hard boiled detectives, Hammett is the master and you ll enjoy these stories The table of contents are The Gutting of CouffignalFly PaperThe Scorched FaceThis King BusinessThe Gatewood CaperDead Yellow WomenCorkscrewTulip an unfinished manuscript and rougher in development The Big Knockover 106,000 Blood Money

  2. says:

    Ever since I read Red Harvest, I have been a major fan of both Dashiell Hammett and his gumshoe the Continental Op I love the Op s confidence and sense of sarcasm the way he gives people the kind of attitude they want while steering them in the direction that he needs them to go in his straightforward approach to a fistfight or a shoot out It is hilarious how much he stresses his age over forty , his size short and overweight and his looks scarred and none too attractive and yet women still want him, while most men don t know how to handle him in conversation or in conflict He gets the job done better than anyone else, and he does so because he wants to get the job done right He is an elusive kind of hero, never named and only rarely subject to introspection that touches upon his past and yet he is a very real kind of hero, driven by a personal ethos that separates him from the drama and squabble of urban life and crime.As Hammett s long time companion Lillian Hellman writes, some of the stories in this collection are great, some not as much The former really stand out, especially ones like the title story, The Big Knockover, and the one that precedes it in the collection, Corkscrew In these, Hammett throws the Op into convoluted situations that boil over with the passions and desires of crooks and citizens, leaving the Op to sort through it all with his aikido like manipulations and his ability to put up with the abuse that comes with the job.As for the less successful stories, they are still worth reading for Hammett s terse prose and exciting plots I was sad to finish this volume and put it on the shelf Fortunately, I recently found a used copy of Nightmare Town, which contains yet stories featuring the Op.

  3. says:

    COUNTDOWN Mid 20th Century North American Crime BOOK Novella 165 of 250 HOOK 3 stars Wedge shaped Couffignal is not a large island, and not far from the mainland, to which it is linked by a wooden bridge Its western shore is a high, straight cliff that jumps abruptly up out of the San Pablo Bay From the top of this cliff the island slopes eastwardthe intersecting streets become winding hedged rowsThe higher these roads get, the farther apart and larger are the houses they led to The occupants of these higher houses are the owners and rulers of the island That is Couffignal, Hammett declares on page 1 The narrator protects wedding presents whose value would add up to something between fifty and a hundred thousand dollars Thus, we readers know there is to be robbery, a standard crime for the genre.PACE 3 As solid as the rock upon which the island stands against the storms of the ocean.PLOT 3 Early on, Hammett telegraphs clearly to readers there is to be a robbery by gunshots and explosions in the downtown portion of the island But are the thieves after the contents of a bank vault, the wedding gifts, the bride and her wedding escorts or perhaps all of the above And when the connecting bridge is blown to bits, the plot thickens Is the thief thieves after than just money or the bride Couffignal may be loaded with secretswell, just a tad too many as this is almost novel materialChARACTERS 4 This is a plot driven story you ll remember nary a single name once you ve turned the final page However, the narrator, a member of Hammett s Continental Detective Agency solves the mystery with a sensational bit of detective work the culprit s reveal is quite astounding given that it s based on just a few easy to miss clues.ATMOSPHERE 2 A late afternoon storm brings the wedding festivities descriptions of the landscape house party would have been nice to a halt but doesn t stop the thieves from proceeding with their plans Given that the story involves a number of Russian citizens, one can t help but flash to a major USA political figure who ll leave his lovely wife in the pouring rain, claiming an umbrella for himself Oh, but I digressSUMMARY This is the 2nd time I ve read this story and, all in all, I just can t get the pieces to fall together If you re read Hammett, you know his plots can be convoluted But it s Hammett It s good My rating is 3.0 And I think I ll read it again to grasp the finer points.

  4. says:

    I finished every short story by Dashiell Hammett contained in this collection as well as Nightmare Town back in October 2014.I loved all of em I read everything that featured my favorite Hammett character the Continental Op and a couple of other non Ops tales.If you re up for reading a bit of Hammett you might want to start with these collections.

  5. says:

    Hammett is undeniably one of the most incredible mystery writers ever, and this book affirms it The first few stories in this collection were very pulp 1920s mystery, featuring among other things a sex cult and an eastern European coup They were fun, but they lacked something of the thoughtfulness of Chandler s work and felt shallow lots of exciting fight scenes, no substance Then, the story Tulip, an unfinished work, really changed my mind about these stories I really saw Hammett in the narrator, and loved the insight that give me to the rest of his work The story also wasn t a mystery yet Hammett only finished the first chapter and last sentence, so you are left wondering what it was going to be about The title story was, of course, a very very good mystery but it was that story s sequel Blood Money that really pulled the whole collection together for me.Very very dark and moody, so than his Continental Ops detective usually gets In the end, I just wanted .

  6. says:

    This is not your usual collection of short stories Ok, in a the modern era where everyone seems to have posthumously published works, maybe it s not so unusual In the covers of this book we have a Lillian Helman s words about the man,b Several gritty, pulp style dark slices of life with our friend The Continental Op, andc Snatches of incomplete tales, including the unfinished novel, Tulip.Need I say any Even if you only care for the classic film noir , bleak American style of hard boiled detection the Op s appearances in this book will keep you satisfied But, if you delve into the introduction and the other works, you ll reap an unexpected bonus that I found well worth the price of the book I hope you do, too Another book read ages ago and probably deserving of a re read.

  7. says:

    Well, I read one story at a time in between many, many other books over several months, so it s hard to write a solid, accurate review Looking over the table of contents, I don t remember having a negative reaction to any of the stories except for Tulip, which was a hard one to figure It seems out of place in this collection Since it s so long, I m removing one star for it I remember enjoying all the others, and it s fun that the Continental Op goes to so many different places and takes care of so many different problems Any way, good stuff, and I m glad Red Harvest introduced us, or I might have written Hammett off.

  8. says:

    Not a collection of his best The Contintenal OP stories but they still range from very good to great stories in this collection.The Gutting of Couffignal,The Big Knockover,CorkscrewThe Yellow Dead Women was the best stories in the collection.The OP style,lines,his cold blooded professionalism, drive is a blessing,a save from romantic PI heroes that think they are good guys in a play The OP will let criminals die if it takes to do the job He is so refreshingly ruthless,real.

  9. says:

    Hay escritores con los que resulta casi imposible tener un juicio imparcial, pues de a poco empiezan a instalarse en nuestro coraz n Eso es Hammett para mi alguien que lleg de la mano de Akira Kurosawa adaptaci n magistral que rescat al escritor del olvido , y hoy es mi salvaci n para esos momentos de bloqueo lector El gran golpe o por lo menos esta edici n es una compilaci n de relatos que tienen como personaje central al Agente de la Continental, que ser uno de los personajes emblem ticos de su obra Como es usual en el escritor, la informaci n se da a cuentagotas, nuestro protagonista es un ser lleno de tantos defectos como virtudes pero imposible de idealizar por su apariencia f sica que se asemeja m s al de un mec nico de barrio que al de un detective Ahora, me detendr en cada uno de los relatos que re ne esta compilaci n, con una opini n al final En El asesinato de las criadas chinas , nuestro investigador se enfrenta a un caso en el que es una adinerada chino americana de segunda generaci n, se encuentra con que su servicio dom stico es masacrado y ah entra nuestro hombre de la Continental para desenredar el rompecabezas chino en el que se ha metido la joven Como siempre, los di logos son geniales Corkscrew por su parte, es una suerte de western que anticipa o quiz precede a Cosecha roja , por tener un esp ritu similar Aqu el detective de la Continental se traslada a un pueblecito perdido en mitad del desierto de Arizona, con las credenciales de lugarteniente de sheriff, cargo que le resulta necesario para llevar a cabo su verdadera misi n Muy surtida de peleas a pu etazos, cabalgadas, tiroteos y duelos en la calle mayor, tiene un final que no lo ven venir, porque las soluciones de los misterios vienen por el camino menos esperado El rapto es el relato m s breve de todos y uno de los que m s se aleja del estilo del Detective, quien plantea su soluci n casi antes de que la cosa se termine de desarrollar en ste relato la hija de un millonario hombre de negocios es secuestrada y el agente de la Continental encargado de encontrarla Gracias a la impaciencia de los secuestradores, se consigue dar con ello dar con ellos, aunque resulte sorprendente su identidad Aunque no tan sorprendente como la imagen de una calle llena de polic as haci ndose los despistados mientras siguen al correo que ha de entregar el dinero del rescate.Y casi al final, encontramos El gran golpe , relato en el que una multitud de ladrones coordinados dan el mayor asalto en la historia de Estados Unidos, pero al que siguen la caza y exterminio de cada uno de los participantes, y cuyo final no deja de ser inesperado.La compilaci n termina con Tulip , una ficci n inconclusa que se aleja del estilo usual de Hammett no es un policial , pero que es el germen de la ruptura de una tradici n y el surgimiento de otra, en el que se intenta adentrarse en la psiquis de los personajes mediante di logos que parecen flotar en el vac o No es f cil de leer y por momentos resulta tedioso, m s si lo comparamos con el ritmo de otros textos Y bueno, al final no me queda m s que decir que a pesar de sus altos y bajos, es un libro excelente para quien quiera adentrarse al universo de Dashiell Hammett. o para quien como yo, quiera superar un bloqueo lector sin dejar de leer.

  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this collection of crime stories Hammett was an original, a really good writer who took detective stories from upper and middle class drawing rooms and brought them into the mean streets If you like your mysteries to be intricate puzzles where the last piece falls into place on the last page, then Hammett may not be for you If you like action, writing that is lean and mean, and great characters who are drawn in a few vivid strokes, then Hammett is your man.I d read some of Hammett s novels before, but this is the first time I have ever read any of his famous Continental Op stories The Continental Op is a great character Hammett doesn t waste a lot of time giving him a long back story or even a name , I have no idea if his parents loved him or not, or whether he was bullied as a child, or if he likes to read Proust although, I suspect no on these last two What Hammett does is show him at work, and the Continental Op seems to live and breathe his job.Hammett was, famously, a detective with the Pinkertons and this gives his stories nice touches of authenticity Unlike most private investigators The Continental Op isn t a lone wolf or a nearly lone wolf with one partner , he is an agency man who answers to The Old Man and works with a large number of other agents who help him run down leads.His stories, on the other hand, are outrageous and unlike anything that came before The title story in this collection is a roller coaster of action and violence with a body count that runs into the dozens This collection also contains a story where the Continental Op helps stage a coup in a Eastern European country and another where he becomes something akin to a sheriff in a western albeit one who can t ride a horse very well.In short, these groundbreaking stories sparked the hard boiled crime genre and have become classics They are also very entertaining.

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