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Major Omission

Today in the Word, February 4, 1993

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!