Top flight fiction

Black Mask, November 15, 1923

“The Second-Story Angel” by Dashiell Hammett first saw print in Black Mask, November 15, 1923. It was reprinted in Ellery Queen’s final digest-sized Hammett collection, Mercury Mystery #233, February 20, 1962. Here’s the opening line:

“Carter Brigham—Carter Webright Brigham in the tables of contents of various popular magazines—woke with a start, passing from unconsciousness into full awareness too suddenly to doubt that his sleep had been disturbed by something external.”

Image from Sean Levin and Win Scott Eckert’s Crossover Universe.