Hammett: Top Ten

ABEbooks just released a list of their top money-makers for 2021 and Hammett comes in at no. 10 — not with a first edition, but with a much later reprint of The Maltese Falcon inscribed to Bebe Daniels.

Bebe played the femme fatale in the original 1931 flick.

The great Dwight Frye, if you recall, essayed the role of the gunsel Wilmer Cook, a character based on Hammett’s run-in with the Midget Bandit while working out of Pinkerton’s San Francisco offices.

$25,000. A nice haul for a marked-up old book.

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