The Maltese Falcon

by Dashiell Hammett

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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.

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