Re: RARA-AVIS: Maltese Falcon

Date: 22 Sep 2004

Heaven help me, I agree with everything Jim has to say about the Falcon
(though my gut feeling is that it's closer to 80% than 90% of all PI novels that are told in the first person).

However, I wanted to add one thing to what Jim said:

"We're all so familiar with the book now, that the surprises are vitiated, but there are, in fact, two major surprises at the end."

Isn't it a testament to Hammett that we continue to read, and re-read, this book even after we know all of the surprises, even after some of them have been so copied as to become cliches in the genre?


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