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The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
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Oct 11, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: mystery-detective
Read in October, 2007

Dashiell Hammett is the origin of every detective cliche you can think of...dark and stormy? dead body on your desk? talk with a cigarette hanging out of the side of your mouth? have fun womanizing? It's Hammett, and it's fantastic.
If you don't imagine Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, you are doing yourself a disservice, because they are one and the same. But Bogart didn't create Spade, Hammett created Bogart. Every mannerism, every look, every turn of phrase that is classic Bogart was written as Spade. Nothing phases this man, not a gun to the head, a fainting woman, or runny eggs for breakfast.

Read this book. When it's cold and wet and dark, find yourself an old armchair, a dim bulb and read until you have eyestrain.

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