Dashiell Hammett. Woman in the Dark (1951) 128 pp.
Contents: *Arson Plus; *Slippery Fingers; *The Black Hat That Wasn’t
There; *Woman in the Dark; *Afraid of a Gun; *Holiday; *The Man Who Stood
in the Way.
This volume features several of Hammett’s earliest published stories,
including the first Continental Op story, “Arson Plus.” In “Arson Plus,”
the Op investigates a possible arson outside of Sacramento; the victims
have San Francisco connections. In “Slippery Fingers,” the son of a murdered
San Francisco millionaire hires the Op to look into his father’s death;
he uncovers a fingerprint-altering plot that disguises the killer’s identity.
The Op is hired by a stockbroker to find his partner, who is missing with
$100,000 worth of bonds, in “The Black Hat That Wasn’t There.”
*1st book publication
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