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Selected from a digest featured in The Digest Enthusiast book five:

Jonathan Press cover
Jonathan Press Mystery J29 January 1947

“The Montgomery Hotel’s regular detective had taken his last week’s rake-off from the hotel bootlegger in merchandise instead of cash, had drunk it down, had fallen asleep in the lobby, and had been fired. I happened to be the only idle operative in the Continental Detective Agency’s San Francisco branch at the time, and thus it came about that I had three days of hotel-coppering while a man was being found to take the job permanently.”
“House Dick” by Dashiell Hammett Jonathan Press Mystery J29 January 1947

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Selected from a digest featured in The Digest Enthusiast book five:

“A most singular case.” mumbled Dr. Pertinnet, walking a dignified hopskotch among the checkered tiles of the sanitarium waiting room. “Can’t be unique, of course—nothing’s ever unique: must have been someone like Hallock in medical history. Just never recorded.”
“Hallock’s Madness” by William Tenn Marvel Science Stories May 1951

Marvel Science Stories May 1951 cover

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Selected from a digest featured in The Digest Enthusiast book four:

“Just when the idea occurred to her that she was being murdered she could not tell.”
“Small Assassin” by Ray Bradbury Suspense Magazine #1, Spring 1951

First published in Dime Mystery (Nov. 1946), “Assassin” is included a several collections such as The October Country, The Autumn People, and The Vintage Bradbury.