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The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
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Jan 08, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: action, mystery-thriller, 3classics, 1paper, 2fiction

I've read this & "The Thin Man" before, but not for many years, so no rating yet. I'm due to re-read it for a book group soon. Probably more fair to rate it then as the book & the movie have melded in my head. I remember liking both quite a bit, but it says something that I haven't re-read the book.
Jan09, I'm reading it again with an entirely new appreciation of it. The story line was great. It's a mystery with a tough PI in it. He's a tough, but flawed man, which makes the story even more suspenseful since you're not quite sure what he's going to do next.

It's set in 1929, the year it was first published, but isn't particularly dated except by some of the police procedures. Things were a lot more loose then. Some of the descriptions are a bit odd. There's some extreme detail about things most wouldn't bother to describe now. Other times, it was the opposite.

All in all, I enjoyed it very much. It was well worth re-reading.
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Reading Progress

January 8, 2009 – Shelved
January 8, 2009 – Shelved as: action
January 8, 2009 – Shelved as: mystery-thriller
January 8, 2009 – Shelved as: 3classics
January 12, 2009 –
page 50
23.47% "Good reading after all these years. It's interesting to see how much Bogie's film edited my memories of the book."
Started Reading
January 13, 2009 – Finished Reading
December 11, 2013 – Shelved as: 1paper
October 23, 2014 – Shelved as: 2fiction

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