Dashiell Hammett. Hammett Homicides (1946) 128 pp.
Contents: *The House in Turk Street; *The Girl with the Silver Eyes;
*Night Shots; *The Main Death; Two Sharp Knives; Ruffian’s Wife.
Four stories starring the Continental Op (three of which take place
in San Francisco) and two non-series stories. In “The House in Turk Street,”
the Op follows a lead to Turk Street in San Francisco in search of a runaway
whose father wants him to return home to Tacoma and stumbles onto a gang
of thieves who are in possession of $100,000 worth of stolen bonds. In
“The Girl with the Silver Eyes,” the Op is hired to find the silver-eyed
Jeanne Delano; when he finds her he recognizes her as one of the bond-thieves
from “The House in Turk Street” caper. In “The Main Death,” the Op is hired
by a San Francisco antique jewelry dealer to investigate the murder of
one of his salesmen. “Ruffian’s Wife” is the story of a woman living in
a suburb of San Francisco, married to a tough gangster.
*1st book publication
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