New York: Pro-Distributors Publishing Company, 1930. First Edition. Scarce issue of Black Mask, containing Hammett's story 'The Cyclone Shot,' part 2 of his 4-part serial 'The Glass Key.' The issue also contains 'Wise Guy' by Frederick Nebel, 'Killers' Show' by Raoul Whitfield, and a pseudonymous Jo Gar story - 'Red Hemp' - written as Ramon Decolta. Any issues of Black Mask containing serializations of Hammett's novels are prized by collectors, and quite uncommon. Item #1620
Quarto; illustrated pulp wrappers; 130pp, plus 14pp ads; illus. Edges worn, with numerous short tears to overhang; clear tape reinforcement along inner left edge of front cover, with an additional piece along lower rear spine joint; pp.3-4 (an ad leaf) skillfully supplied in facsimile; light tanning to text edges, though pages are still supple; still a presentable issue, but just Very Good.