Dashiell Hammett — It (The Black Hat That Wasn’t There) (1923)

Calling a detective to solve a crime that turns out to be something quite different from the first diagnosis makes a very unusual story of this. You’ll be surprised! “Now listen, Mr. Zumwalt, you’re holding out on me; and it won’t do! If I’m going to work on this for you I’ve got to have […]

Dashiell Hammett — Arson Plus (1923)

This is a detective story you’ll have a hard time solving before the end. Form your ideas of the outcome as you go along and then see how near you guessed it. Jim Tarr picked up the cigar I rolled across his desk, looked at the band, bit off an end, and reached for a […]

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