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The Best There Is
on November 21, 2015
"The Maltese Falcon" is an American classic and the basis for one of histories best motion pictures. It is here where Hammett first introduces us to Sam Spade, a now historic Private Detective from an era of American history looked upon with nostalgia.
The plot to this mystery is brilliantly crafted with none of the Agatha Christie tricks of last minute missing clues. Hammett's skill at writing dialouge to define character is unparralled. His ability to side step the long winded back story and to par a paragraph down to an entertaining but gripping bit of necessity is similr to that of Shirley Jackson.
Until the last pages we're never certain who's a good guy and who's bad. Even Spade is a mystery to us until the end. This book is a classic for a good reason. As great as the film is, the book is even better. It's easy to have Bogart and Mary Astor in our mind as we read it; that doesn't matter.
This particular publication fits in the back pocket which is ideal for those who like to have a book with them all the time. It's not only the book that set the standard for this genre it is-rightly so- but as a stand alone novel, few compare.