RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 41641404 LA English T1 Nightmare town : stories A1 Hammett, Dashiell,, McCauley, Kirby., Greenberg, Martin Harry., Gorman, Edward., PB Knopf PP New York YR 1999 SN 0375401113 9780375401114 AB "In the title story, a man on a bender enters a small town and ends up unraveling the dark mystery at its heart. A woman confronts the brutal truth about her husband in the chilling story "Ruffian's Wife." "His Brother's Keeper" is a half-wit boxer's eulogy to the brother who betrayed him. "The Second-Story Angel" recounts one of the most novel cons ever devised. In seven stories, the tough and taciturn Continental Op takes on a motley collection of the deceitful, the duped, and the dead, and once again shows his uncanny ability to get at the truth. In three stories, Sam Spade confronts the darkness in the human soul while rolling his own cigarettes. And the first study for The Thin Man sends John Guild on a murder investigation in which almost every witness may be lying."--Jacket.