New York: Pro-Distributors Publishing Company, 1929. First appearance of the Dashiell Hammett novel, (part 3 of 5 parts), "The Maltese Falcon," in the November 1929 issue of the Black Mask pulp magazine. The five parts were collected and published as a novel by Alfred A. Knopf in 1930.
The turning point in Hammett's career. The author stuck exclusively with Continental Op stories (and longer Op stories in parts, including "Red Harvest" and "The Dain Curse"). But the success of "The Maltese Falcon" in Black Mask and especially as a novel, led to a new level of popularity for both Hammett and the pulp magazine that defined him.
Also featured in this issue is a short story by noted hardboiled writer Frederick Nebel, "Hell-Smoke."
Good only in wrappers. Spine panel is missing entirely, some chips at the wrapper extremities, and a few repairs (though no restoration). An acceptable copy overall.