Best known for his books The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man, Hammett is one of the great exponents of hard-boiled detective fiction.
Sam Spade, the character created for The Maltese Falcon and famously played by Humphrey Bogart, is considered to be one of the quintessential "Private-Eyes".
We have the complete novels of Dashiell Hammett, as well as collections of his short stories. And if reading Hammett's work gives you a taste for violent, damaged detectives and femmes fatale, we also have works by Raymond Chandler and Chester Himes - not to mention a whole bunch of detective stories and novels, and books about detective stories...
If finishing your assignments and preparing for exams is starting to stress you out, why not grab yourself a good old fashioned paperback and spend an evening in the crime-ridden streets of early 20th Century America?