Friday Fun Facts: The Real-Life Detective

Dashiell Hammett wrote some of the best-known detective novels, including The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man. At 20, he became a detective with the Pinkerton Agency. His first case involved tracking down a Ferris wheel that had been stolen. He left Pinkerton to enlist in the Army during World War I. While in the Army, he contracted tuberculosis. It meant he couldn’t continue as a detective when he left the Army. However, he used his experiences with Pinkerton to inspire short detective stories. And, his writing career began.


Posted on June 24, 2016, in Dashiell Hammett, fiction, Fun Facts, inspiration, mystery, nonfiction, poetry, writer's life, writing, writing ideas, writing prompt and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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