Dashiell Hammett: The Red Gumshoe

In the paranoid 1950’s, Dashiell Hammett was jailed under sinister manipulation of The Smith Act. Popular radio serials based on Hammett’s books, including The Maltese Falcon, were immediately cancelled, and his books withdrawn from publication in the US. When he was released from prison the IRS, attached his income and the copyright on his books … [Read more…]