by Dashiell Hammett
Finally I’ve read this 20th century detective fiction classic – & overall, it did not disappoint!
Except for the penultimate chapter, which did drag in parts this book moved at a cracking pace & was full of witty lines.
“I couldn’t be fonder of you if you were my own son. But, well, if you lose a son, its possible to get another. There’s only one Maltese Falcon.”
It goes without saying that in a book of this genre, from the 1930’s that there is going to be plenty of casual racism & sexism.
If you can’t ignore that this probably isn’t the book for you.
I checked out why there didn’t seem to be a series for Sam Spade – but this is the only full length novel featuring him. Amazing the impact it had.