Nightmare Town: Stories. Mystery, Dashiell Hammett.

Nightmare Town: Stories.

New York: Knopf, 1999. First Printing of the First US Edition. A Fine copy in a Near Fine dust jacket with two short closed edge tears.. These twenty short stories unavailable in book form until this collection do not duplicate any of the seven stories collected in Hammett's "The Continental Op." These stories take us back to Hammett's early years as a writer for Black Mask magazine when his talent burned bright and he wrote with force and vigor. In seven stories, the tough and taciturn Continental Op takes on a motley collection of the deceitful, the duped, and the dead, and once again shows his uncanny ability to get at the truth. In three stories, Sam Spade confronts the darkness in the human soul while rolling his own cigarettes. And the first study for The Thin Man sends John Guild on a murder investigation in which almost every witness may be lying. In Nightmare Town, Dashiell Hammett, America's poet laureate of the dispossessed, shows us a world where people confront a multitude of evils. Whether they are trying to right wrongs or just trying to survive, all of them are rendered with Hammett's signature gifts for sharp-edged characters and blunt dialogue. Item #26553
ISBN: 0375401113

Price: $75.00

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