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The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
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Oct 02, 2010

it was amazing
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Read in October, 2010

To love a book, I'm firmly convinced, you have to love its main character. And Samuel Spade is a main character it's just too easy to love. The initial description showed nothing but promise--not everyone can look "rather pleasantly like a blond satan." From there it only got better, his cold-hearted detective demeanor fascinating for a girl who hasn't read a lot of detective books. The way he handles everything the world has to throw at him is brilliant. Women fall at his feet, men listen to him speak even when they want nothing but to punch him. Spade is one of my new favorites.

And then there's the fact of the novel, the plot that doesn't let down even when you don't have a clue of what's going on. It twist and turns, writhing around on the page as you struggle to follow it to its conclusion. And oh, the conclusion. A perfect juxtaposition of the man on the scene and the man in the office, it makes me certain that my beloved Spade will be solving the mystery for years to come.
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