Hammett, Dashiell. New York: Vintage Books (1972). . Reprint. Paperback. 180 pp. Bookstore stamp, number to top edges. “Retirement suited Nick. He had a pretty wife, a Schnauzer and a taste for good scotch. All it took was a little persuasion: four bullets, a blonde, the newspapers, the cops, and a junked-up hoodlum in his bedroom. Nick Charles, former trans-American detective agency ace, was back in business.” Book: Very Good. Dust Jacket: .