New York: Dell Publishing, 1945. Paperback. 4-3/16 x 6-5/16", pictorial wrappers, 160pp. Item #900653
Collected and Edited by Ellery Queen. Dell mapback #223
Six stories by the master of hard-boiled detective fiction, Dashiell Hammett featuring the Continental Op. What are they about? A pair of CRINKLY EARS at a prize fight, remembered after 80 years...7 SHOTS form a small calibre pistol, and nobody hurt...An intentional AUTO CRASH in San Francisco's Chinatown...A small, fluffy DOG dyed as purple as a grape...A long-bladed SPRING-KNIFE and a long-bladed SWORD-CANE...A Little SILK BAG containing a fortune in jewels...A WATCH with a luminous dial propped against a door as a trap for a murder...A roomful of WEDDING PRESENTS worth $100,000...A series of EXPLOSIONS and scattlered GUNFIRE on a rainy night...A newsboy's CRUTCH which found a variety of uses...3 crudely written KIDNAP NOTES signed by "Death & Co."...A HUNDRED-FLORIN NOTE in teh hand of a dean man...A battered TYPEWRITER which had been used to murder a man...2 BULLETS with notches dug out of their noses...9 CLUES to one murder..
Creasing to wrappers, moderate edge-wear to wrapper, small owner's label affixed to paste-down endpaper, good +.