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From the author of 'The Maltese Falcon" this proof contains twenty long unavailable stories. It is very rare to see a proof from an author of this caliber. Obviously published posthumously, this proof is in very good + condition with a small crease to the lower right corner of the front panel. Light creasing on the front and rear wraps but a really nice copy. Proofs are published in small quantities before the first edition and are therefore more scarce than the first edition. A man on a bender enters a small town and ends up unraveling the dark mystery of it's heart. Sam Spade confronts the darkness in the human soul while rolling his own cigarettes. In Hammet's first study for 'The Thin Man' John Guild takes on a murder case in which almost every witness may be lying. The proof appears to have never been read and despite some creasing it is very collectible. This is the author's third collection of Masterful stories clearly indicating the author's success. His most famous work is surely 'The Maltese Falcon". A Wonderful proof.