A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
10/1/1923 The Continental Op arrives
October 1, 1923. "Arson Plus," by Peter Collinson appeared in the issue of Black Mask with this cover date. Peter Collinson was really Dashiell Hammett and this was the first appearance by one of his greatest characters, the nameless, cynical, overweight, private eye known as the Continental Op.