From the sands of Arizona to the alleys of the Tenderloin, the Continental Op deals out rough justice, in this collection of short stories from master of noir fiction Dashiell Hammett. In the Arizona desert, the sun is high, the heat is relentless, and there is murder in the air. Across this long stretch of sunbaked hell, one town stands out as the worst of all. Someone is killing the cowboys of Corkscrew, and Continental Op has been hired to stop the slaughter. From the moment he rides into town, he tastes dust on his teeth and blood in the wind. The locals have no respect for this hardboiled San Francisco detective, so it's up to the Op to show them he deserves his badge. But before peace can come to Corkscrew, more men will die. A portrait of a tough man in a rough town, "Corkscrew" offers a taste of Dashiell Hammett's first novel, the legendary epic of hardboiled violence Red Harvest. Along with the other stories in this volume-"Dead Yellow Women" and "The Gutting of Couffignal"-it shows Hammett and his infamous Continental Op at the top of their forms.