Who Said It: True Detective or Dashiell Hammett character?


HBO's crime series True Detective wrapped up its critically acclaimed first season this past weekend. Despite featuring only eight episodes in season one, the show has already established a loyal following. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson play Rustin Cohle and Martin Hart, two homicide detectives investigating the crimes of a serial killer in Louisiana. Executive producer and writer Nic Pizzolatto says he was heavily influenced by horror writers and early/pulp hard-boiled detective fiction.

American author Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) is credited with creating the hard-boiled fiction genre. Hammett worked as a detective early in his career and in 1930 wrote The Maltese Falcon. Widely considered his masterpiece, the book featured his most famous detective Sam Spade -- the gritty, unsentimental prototype of a hard-boiled detective.

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