The Dashiell Hammett Collection

By Dashiell Hammett

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

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Cairo took the red-smeared hand from his head and flourished it with reference to the Lieutenant’s face. exposed by means of the hand, his brow confirmed a three-inch ragged tear. “This is what she has done,” he cried. “Look at it. ” the lady positioned her toes down at the flooring and appeared warily from Dundy, conserving Cairo’s wrist, to Tom Polhaus, status a bit in the back of them, to Spade, leaning opposed to the door-frame. Spade’s face used to be placid. while his gaze met hers his yellow-grey eyes glinted for an quick with malicious humor after which turned expressionless back. “Did you do this? ” Dundy requested the woman, nodding at Cairo’s minimize head. She checked out Spade back. He didn't in any respect reply to the charm in her eyes. He leaned opposed to the door-frame and saw the occupants of the room with the well mannered indifferent air of a disinterested spectator. the lady became her eyes as much as Dundy’s. Her eyes have been huge and darkish and earnest. “I had to,” she stated in a low throbbing voice. “I used to be on their own in the following with him while he attacked me. I couldn’t—I attempted to maintain him off. I—I couldn’t make myself shoot him. ” “Oh, you liar! ” Cairo cried, making an attempt unsuccessfully to tug the arm that held his pistol out of Dundy’s grip. “Oh, you soiled filthy liar! ” He twisted himself round to stand Dundy. “She’s mendacity exceptionally. I got here the following in stable religion and was once attacked via either one of them, and if you happen to got here he went out to speak to you, leaving her the following with this pistol, after which she acknowledged they have been going to kill me when you left, and that i known as for aid, so that you wouldn’t depart me right here to be murdered, after which she struck me with the pistol. ” “Here, provide me this thing,” Dundy stated, and took the pistol from Cairo’s hand, “Now let’s get this directly. What’d you come back the following for? ” “He despatched for me. ” Cairo twisted his head round to stare defiantly at Spade. “He known as me up at the telephone and requested me to return right here. ” Spade blinked sleepily on the Levantine and acknowledged not anything. Dundy requested: “What’d he wish you for? ” Cairo withheld his answer till he had mopped his bloody brow and chin with a lavender-barred silk handkerchief. by means of then many of the indignation in his demeanour were changed by means of warning. “He acknowledged he wanted—they wanted—to see me. I didn’t comprehend what approximately. ” Tom Polhaus decreased his head, sniffed the scent of chypre that the mopping handkerchief had published within the air, and grew to become his head to scowl interrogatively at Spade. Spade winked at him and went on rolling a cigarette. Dundy requested: “Well, what occurred then? ” “Then they attacked me. She struck me first, after which he choked me and took the pistol out of my pocket. I don’t comprehend what they might have performed subsequent when you hadn’t arrived at that second. I dare say they might have murdered me then and there. whilst he went out to reply to the bell he left her right here with the pistol to monitor over me. ” Brigid O’Shaughnessy jumped out of the armchair crying, “Why don’t you're making him inform the reality? ” and slapped Cairo at the cheek. Cairo yelled inarticulately. Dundy driven the woman again into the chair with the hand that was once no longer protecting the Levantine’s arm and growled: “None of that now.

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