By Dashiell Hammett
This quantity collects the radical "The Maltese Falcon" and 10 brief tales through Dashiell Hammett:
"Too Many Have Lived,"
"They Can simply cling You Once,"
"A guy known as Space,"
"Afraid of a Gun,"
"The Assistant Murderer,"
"The pass judgement on Laughed Last,"
"His Brother's Keeper,"
and "The guy Who Killed Dan Odams."
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