Saturday, August 13, 2005

Down these mean cyber streets a man must go. . .

. . .and what might he find but 16 out-of-copyright Dashiell Hammett stories. Yes, I know I have had some less than complimentary things to say about Dashiell Hammett, and on this very weblog, too. And I still think Chandler wins the prize in a head to head contest. But still. Free stories from one of the inventors of the Hard Boiled genre. Not a bad deal at all.

You can find these on the Black Mask site.

'Afraid of a Gun'

'Arson Plus'

'The Assistant Murderer'

'Bodies Piled Up' [a.k.a. 'House Dick']

'Death on Pine Street'

'The Man Who Killed Dan Odams'

'Mike, Alec, or Rufus' [a.k.a. 'Tom, Dick or Harry']

'Nightmare Town'

'Night Shots'

'One Hour'

'The Road Home'

'Ruffian's Wife'

'The Second-Story Angel'

'The Tenth Clew'

'Who Killed Bob Teal?'

'Zigzags of Treachery'

Thanks for this find go to Alex, a.k.a. "Avenarius" who maintains this useful webpage devoted to Nero Wolfe and his creator Rex Stout.