Is Woman in the Dark "Hammett's Lost Novel?" No, not really. But that’s how it
was touted in 1988 when this 76-page story saw hardcover release, featuring a new
introduction by Robert B. Parker. This story was originally serialized in Liberty
magazine in 1933, and had only been reprinted once in a 1951 softcover collection,
edited by Ellery Queen.
Admittedly, this is one of Hammett's weaker efforts. The plot concerns Luise Fischer,
who is desperate to escape an abusive relationship where she is a virtual prisoner. She
flees, and turns to a man named Brazil, an ex-con who has served time for killing
a man. Violence follows, and the two become fugitives.
Fay Wray, King Kong’s ex, played the lead in the 1934 movie version, which only the
most hardcore movie buff has even heard of.