In August 2007, we read another classic mystery — this time a noirish standard of the genre, Dashiel Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grifter named Joel Cairo, a fat man named Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.
This title was discussed at the Just Desserts meeting on August 30, 2007. We encourage you to share your own thoughts and opinions about this book in a reply comment to this blog post, below!