I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I had read several of the stories before. They're very good mysteries, and Hammett's writing is in top form; his physical descriptions of characters are spot on and memorable, and his portrait of San Francisco in the 20's is also full of detail. The title story has a nice theme that was echoed in The Maltese Falcon.

Someone needs to do a real omnibus collection of Hammett's stories. There aren't any dates or sources associated with these, and they are presented out of order (the titular character dies in the first story, but appears in the last).

At $.099 for the Kindle edition of this book is a real bargain; highly recommended.

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