"It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills."
"Samuel Spade's jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth."
"I first heard Personville called Poisonville by a red-haired mucker named Hickey Dewey in the Big Ship in Butte."
"An abandoned auto court in the San Berdoo foothills; Buzz Meeks checked in with ninety-four thousand dollars, eighteen pounds of high-grade heroin, a 10-gauge pump, a .38 special, a .45 automatic..."
"They threw me off the hay truck about noon."