Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett


A noir classic, full of colorful descriptions and creative slang. The characters are pretty much all rotten, and nobody can really trust anybody to do anything other than act in his own best interest. Even the hero is far from being a white knight. Indeed, I suspect most of the goodness attributable to his character is just residual affection for Humphrey Bogart's portrayal in the film. (Which is excellent by the way.)

Quite re-readable, too.

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