Hammett is one of the most ultra-stylish American films. The plot is based on one of the speculative novels by Joe Gores. The story concerns real life adventure of detective and novelist Dashiell Hammett (Frederic Forest). Early in his fledging career, he happened to be involved in a very complex mystery that will later deeply influence his works. Based and holed up in San Francisco, Dashiell Hammett tried to put most of his Pinkerton detective working days behind him.