The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett (Vintage V-624 – 1978)

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 Continental Op novel is a mock-up of a previously-published pulp serial from Black Mask. This edition was published in conjunction with the TV mini-series starring James Coburn.

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Title: The Dain Curse
Author: Dashiell Hammett
Imprint & Number: Vintage V-624
Cover price: 1.50
Publication date: 1978
Cover artist: Alan Reingold
ISBN: 0-394-72624-3


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Cover artist Alan Reingold’s name may not be recognizable but you’ve probably seen his work before. He designed the Pegasus Tristar Pictures logo.


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