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Major Omission

His career as a private detective supplied novelist Dashiell Hammett with much of the material used in his books. On one occasion, the chief of police of a southern city sent Hammett a detailed description of a wanted man, even mentioning the mole on the man’s neck. The description omitted, however, the important fact that the culprit had only one arm!

Today in the Word, February 4, 1993