Dashiell Hammett. The Creeping Siamese (1950) 127 pp.
Contents: *The Creeping Siamese; *The Man Who Killed Dan Odams; *The
Nails in Mr. Cayterer; *The Joke on Eloise Morey; Tom, Dick or Harry; *This
Three Continental Op stories, one Thin story, and two non-series stories.
When a man steps into the San Francisco offices of the Continental Detective
Agency, then falls over dead of a stab wound, the Op and Sergeant O’Gar
investigate, leading them to an old cache of stolen Burmese jewels in “The
Creeping Siamese.” In “The Nails in Mr. Cayterer,” San Francisco detective
Robin Thin and his poetry-writing son Robin Thin, Jr. work together to
find a blackmailer. In “Tom, Dick or Harry,” the Op poses as an insurance
investigator to uncover a cross-dressing jewelry thief. “This King Business”
is the Op abroad—taking place in the fictional Balkan country of Muravia
(one of only three Hammett stories to take place outside the United States).
*1st book publication
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