Woman in the Dark
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A young, frightened, foreign woman appears at the door of an isolated house. The man and woman inside take her in. Other strangers appear in pursuit of the girl. Menace is in the air.
Originally published in 1933, Hammett's Woman in the Dark shows the author at the peak of his narrative powers. With an introduction by Robert B. Parker, the author of the celebrated Spenser novels.
seen Harry Klaus,” she whispered rapidly. “You tell them he’s your lawyer and you got to see him first. We’ll send him down and he’ll get you out all right.” She looked up abruptly. “You didn’t cop them, did you?” “Steal the rings?” Luise Fischer asked in surprise. “I didn’t think so,” the blonde woman said. “So you won’t have to—” The huge man’s weary voice came to them: “Come on—cut out the barbering and get into the duds.” Fan said: “Go take a run at yourself.” Luise Fischer carried her
building, and into a room where a bald fat man in uniform sat behind a high desk. The huge man said: “It’s that Luise Fischer for Mile Valley.” He took a hand from a pocket and tossed her rings on the desk. “That’s the stuff, I guess.” The bald man said: “Nice picking. Get the guy?” “Hospital, I guess.” Luise Fischer turned to him: “Was he—was he badly hurt?” The huge man grumbled: “I don’t know about it. Can’t I guess?” The bald man called: “Luke!” A thin, white-mustached policeman came
driver got out. The other man held the door open for Luise. They took her into a ground-floor room in the gray building. Three men were in the room. A sad-faced man of sixty-some years, with ragged white hair and mustache, was tilted back in a chair, with his feet on a battered yellowish desk. He wore a hat but no coat. A pasty-faced young blond man, straddling a chair in front of the filing cabinet on the other side of the room, was saying, “So the traveling salesman asked the farmer if he
and decide what we’d better do.” He scowled at Luise Fischer again. “Didn’t Robson say anything to you about it last night?” She shook her head. Donny said: “Well, listen. We got to get him out of there. It don’t—” “That’s easy,” Klaus said with heavy sarcasm. “If he’s in wrong there”—he shrugged—“it’s happened already. We’ve got to find out. Can you get to see him?” Donny nodded. “Sure.” “Then go. Wise him up—find out what the layout is.” Donny and Luise Fischer left the house by the back
The woman’s eyebrows went up a little, but she said nothing. The girl spoke, addressing Brazil for the first time since Luise Fischer’s arrival. Her voice was peculiarly emphatic. “They were drunk.” “They’ve been drinking,” he conceded. He looked thoughtfully at her, apparently only then noticing her perturbation. “You look like a drink would do you some good.” She became confused. Her eyes evaded his. “Do—do you want one?” “I think so.” He looked inquiringly at Luise Fischer, who nodded and