Providing tricky Dick Donahue, the inter-state detective organisation operative who changed the Continental Op after Dashiell Hammett stopped writing for Black masks journal. accumulated for the 1st time in one quantity is each of the fifteen Donahue tales: "Rough Justice" (November, 1930), "The Red-Hots" (December, 1930), "Gun Thunder" (January, 1931), "Get A Load of This" (February, 1931), "Spare the Rod" (August, 1931), "Pearls Are Tears" (September, 1931), "Death’s no longer sufficient" (October, 1931), "Shake-Up" (August, 1932), "He might Take It" (September, 1932), "The crimson internet" (October, 1932), "Red Pavement" (December, 1932), "Save Your Tears" (June, 1933), "Song and Dance" (July, 1933), "Champions additionally Die" (August, 1933), and "Ghost of an opportunity" (March, 1935). This compendium additionally includes an all-new creation through Will Murray and a whole bibliography of the works of Frederick Nebel as compiled through Rob Preston.
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You knocked it down. ” “Horsefeathers,” Donahue chided. “If you will want it picked up, then decide it up. I knocked it down simply because i wished it knocked down. you will have it picked up. Okey. decide it up. You higher hurry up. Operator might imagine there’s a homicide occurring up right here. ” “It’s wedged among the desk and the wall. you'll have to bend excess of to get it. ” “You mean,” Donahue acknowledged, “you will. ” “I am now not fooling, Mr. Donahue! ” Donahue shrugged. “Neither am I. You’re unlikely to get anyplace with me, mister. You’re unlikely to threaten me. Oh, no you’re no longer. You’re not likely to shoot me and make loads of noise with the phone disconnected. You’re not likely to be a jackass like that. ” “Mr. Donahue, decide up that phone. ” Donahue decreased his fingers, chafed them jointly, smiling with utmost self-assurance. He grew to become and walked to the door, his again to the fellow and the gun. He unlocked the door. “Mr. Donahue! ” Donahue palmed the knob, approximately confronted, bowed with mock courtesy. “I’ll be looking ahead to you. And I’d propose you, mister—spare the rod. You’re in undesirable adequate because it is. in addition to, I promised the home dick there’d be no tough stuff. ” The fats guy stood like a guy petrified, staring wide-eyed via his horn-rimmed glasses. For a short second he seemed oafish, stripped of guile; gave the impression of a guy attempting not easy to think what his eyes and ears transmitted to his mind; and believing it, inspite of himself, and nonetheless incredulous of his personal intelligence. Donahue, eying him levelly, became the knob, opened the door in the back of him. The glaze left the fats man’s eyes; it was once like home windows thrown unexpectedly upward. “Remember: spare the rod,” Donahue stated. The fats guy emitted a groan. His gun drooped. The actor had disintegrated; the fellow used to be current now, humble, flushing, frightened, prey to encroaching terror. “Will you step to at least one part, Donahue? ” Donahue ducked, half-whirled. Sergeant Uhl stood within the doorway, placid and unhappy, keeping a massive gun in his hand. again of him stood the home officer. “It used to be humorous approximately that phone,” Uhl acknowledged, smiling. Donahue growled: “How the hell did you get the following? ” “Oh, I’ve been at the back of you because the time you left St. Louis. i presumed you may get in difficulty. Is that Mr. Edgecomb? ” “That,” acknowledged Donahue, “is prone to be anyone. ” Uhl sighed. “Yes, Silkhat Willems regularly used to be recognized for inventing swell aliases. ” “Is that his identify? ” “It was once the identify he all started with. ” “Hell,” Donahue stated, “this isn’t even humorous any longer. ” “No. I by no means came upon whatever funny approximately homicide. ” Donahue checked out him. “Who’s been murdered now? ” “Stanley Edgecomb used to be murdered,” Uhl acknowledged, drawing out manacles. “Quite a couple of days in the past. ” bankruptcy VII Police headquarters, St. Louis…. Donahue sat on a table, dangling one leg, whilst Uhl opened the door and got here in wearily. It was once after middle of the night, and the sergeant, now not a tender guy, appeared faded and haggard—but nonetheless placid. “It’s in every single place now—practically,” he stated. He permit himself slowly down right into a swivel-chair, drew out an outdated briar, all started stuffing it.