All this over a bird?
I wanted to change it up a little read a classic mystery. I’m a huge Humphrey Bogart fan (as you can see), so I decided to read The Maltese Falcon, a role that he brought to life and made it into a classic. I have to say that I was impressed. Very impressed. I must agree with the many others that have said that the Falcon is America’s greatest detective novel. It defined the American conception of the private eye, the femme fatale, and most importantly, the hard-boiled writing style that has become synonymous with detective mysteries.
The unique writing style of Hammett kept me glued to the story. Sure, it was written in a different time and filled with blatant sexism, but, that how the genre worked. A couple dames here, some broads there, a detective, and a murder, and you were set. The characters in this story are well developed and you get to know them well, down to their very subtle habits and mannerisms. Sam Spade is a man’s detective, and his character has stomped on all the other detectives that have come after him.
The characters, the storyline, the concept of this book have stood the test of time. I’m really glad I decided to give this one a try. It was completely and utterly worth it. I guess I’ll start on the Thin Man series next!