Dashiell Hammett. The Return of the Continental Op (1945) 127 pp.
Contents: *The Whosis Kid; *The Gutting of Couffignal; Death and Company;
*One Hour; *The Tenth Clue.
Four short stories of the adventures of San Francisco PI the Contiental
Op. On a San Francisco street, the Op spots a known stick-up man called
“The Whosis Kid;” he follows him and is led to a gang of jewel thieves.
In “The Gutting of Couffignal,” the Op is assigned to guard the lavish
wedding presents left behind by a wealthy woman and her bridegroom after
they rush off from Couffignal—a small island north of San Francisco in
San Pablo Bay—on their honeymoon; during the night a gang of robbers attack
the island, attempting to plunder the wedding party. In “Death and Company,”
the Op is asked to assist a man whose wife has been kidnapped (Note:
this is the last Op story that Hammett wrote). In “The Tenth Clue” (originally
published as “The Tenth Clew”), the Op follows a series of false clues
to solve the murder of a wealthy San Francisco man.
*1st book publication
Baird & Greenwood 1040