The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett (Pocket 295 – 1945)


The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett

The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett

Everything about the Leggett diamond heist indicated to the Continental Op that it was an inside job. From the stray diamond found in the yard to the eyewitness accounts of a “strange man” casing the house, everything was just too pat. Gabrielle Dain-Leggett has enough secrets to fill a closet, and when she disappears shortly after the robbery, she becomes the Op’s prime suspect. But her father, Edgar Leggett, keeps some strange company himself and has a dark side the moon would envy. Before he can solve the riddle of the diamond theft, the Continental Op must first solve the mystery of this strange family

Hammett’s second novel, originally serialized in Black Mask, and the second to feature the Continental Op character.

This has to be one of the most common of all vintage Hammett paperbacks. I’ve owned more than a few and, internet postings notwithstanding, have seen more than I care to remember.

No cover art credit given.

Title: The Dain Curse
Author: Dashiell Hammett
Imprint & Number: Pocket 295
Cover price: none
Publication date: 1945
Cover artist: uncredited
ISBN: none

Gary Lovisi’s Antique Trader Collectible Paperback Price Guide has this edition valued between $5 and $75, depending on condition.

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