Five Continental Op Stories

Read by Winston Tharp

(4.6 stars; 72 reviews)

Before Sam Spade chased the black bird in The Maltese Falcon and Nick and Nora Charles stirred their first martinis in The Thin Man, the Continental Op walked early twentieth century San Francisco’s mean streets for the Continental Detective Agency. Dashiell Hammett used his own experiences as a Pinkerton operative to lend realistic detail to this creation. These first five stories were published in Black Mask magazine in 1923. - Summary by Winston Tharp (2 hr 40 min)


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(5 stars)

Crackling good stories. Dashiell Hammett created the gritty, hard-boiled style of detective fiction. His anonymous "op" has an unembellished, and mildly wry narrator's voice that set the tone for Raymond, Mickey, etc. The reader was outstanding, and his voice even reminded me of the great Howard Duff who played Sam Spade in the radio series.

Good stories, quality reading

(5 stars)

I'm pleased to say this is yet another pleasant surprise at Librivox. Professional quality reading by someone who most likely loves doing this. And providing entertainment for listeners.

good old fashioned private eye stories

(5 stars)

Exceptionally good reader. A couple of the stories were a bit confusing, but good yarns anyway.


(5 stars)

The reader was made for Continental Op.

great short stories

(5 stars)

great short stories and perfect reader for them!

reminds me of spare time reading during national service in army

(5 stars)


(3.5 stars)

Refreshingly modern. Highly entertaining. Good reader. Enjoy.

Great quick read

(5 stars)

Great stories and excellent narration