Dashiell Hammett. The Adventures of Sam Spade and Other Stories (1944) 125 pp.
Contents: *Too Many Have Lived; *They Can Only Hang You Once; A Man
Called Spade; *The Assistant Murderer; *Night Shade; *The Judge Laughed
Last; His Brother’s Keeper.
Short stories, three of which feature San Francisco private eye Sam
Spade. In “Too Many Have Lived,” Spade is hired to find a woman’s missing
poet husband. Spade is asked to investigate a lawyer’s sick, elderly uncle
in “They Can Only Hang You Once.” In “A Man Called Spade,” Spade arrives
at the home of a prospective client only to find him murdered; Spade investigates
in a case of extortion and revenge. Reprinted in 1949 as They can only
hang you once.
*1st book publication
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