Dashiell Hammett story gets posthumous release
NEW YORK – Case closed: An unpublished Dashiell Hammett story is coming out decades after his death.
"So I Shot Him," a 19-page crime thriller written in the clipped style Hammett made famous in "The Maltese Falcon" and other works, will appear in the winter/spring issue of Strand Magazine, managing editor Andrew F. Gulli said Thursday. The issue comes out Feb. 28.
Gulli found the undated story, and 14 others by Hammett, while looking through archives at the University of Texas in Austin. The Strand, a quarterly based in Birmingham, Mich., has recently published little known works by Graham Greene, Mark Twain and Agatha Christie.
Hammett died in 1961 at age 66.