Three of Hammett’s early Continental Op stories from October, 1923 issues of the Black Mask pulp: “Arson Plus,” “Crooked Souls,” and “Slippery Fingers.”
Inspector Meredith and Sergeant Strang investigate a counterfeiter and smuggling ring on the French Riviera, along with one mysterious murder of an Englishman…
A Latino border guard tries to keep the peace—and come to terms with himself—in a desolate borderland populated by strange locals, drug runners, and illegal immigrants.
When a famed hypnotist is found bludgeoned to death in his home, detectives Krug and Kellogg set out to solve what may be their strangest case yet.
When Phyllis Brighton begs Mike Shayne to keep her from killing her mother, Shayne takes the job—only for the mother to end up dead, with Phyllis as prime suspect.
Desperate for enough money to buy his perfect life, zoo director George Surridge is sucked into a web of murder—how will Inspector French unravel this one?
When Paul Rees witnessess a hit-and-run that’s a clear homicide, he becomes the prime suspect of detectives Krug and Kellogg in this twisty-turny procedural.
When Laurel Dane is murdered, and facing police suspicions of his involvement. P.I. Ed Clive sets out in search of vengeance to find her killer and clear his name.
“Already it looked as if the police were up against a carefully planned and cleverly executed murder, and, what was more, a murder without a corpse!”
A woman’s body is pulled out of Santa Monica bay with only one clue to her identity: a lawyer’s business card in a waterproof case, wrapped around her neck like a necklace.
Retired detective Arnold Magnuson takes one last case from a dying friend, tracking an insane, homicidal maniac back and forth across Chicago, leaving ruin and death in his wake.