Agood detective neither seeks publicity nor accepts it easily if it comes his way.
Accordingly, a Pinkerton operative's reports were anonymous.
The De Chiells had been respected in France for their bravery in battle.
His mother, Annie, held herself better than her husband's family, insisting that Dashiell's name be pronounced with a French emphasis on the second syllable.
Dashiell Hammett has long been considered the most important writer of hard-boiled fiction.
Not only did he give the genre its hallmarks in his short stories, but he also wrote three of its masterpieces in his novels.
The nature of the work – staking out houses, trailing suspects, often for weeks, reading files and writing reports – required great self-discipline.