Who was it?
I... I can't remember !!"
As gripping as any 1930s movie serial but delivered six days a week, Mondays to Saturdays, Dashiell Hammett's newspaper strip begins by introducing his hero and racing through several plotlines over the first eighty episodes which eventually converge.
It is from this point we join the story, when Hammett concentrates on the convoluted hunt by X-9, alias Dexter, for the mysterious criminal mastermind The Top and for the true inheritor of the recently deceased Tarlton Powers' fortune.
Hammett cuts loose with richer characterization and dialogue, admirably assisted by talented artist, Alex Raymond's lush faces and figures, many based on models, to create a sense of realism and glamour.
Together they bring their cast to life, including rugged, relentless detective Dexter, colorful coward Sydney Carp, and the alluring but ambigous widow Grace Powers.
The story picks up as the conspires with Wily Alfred Hall, her lover...
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