Re: RARA-AVIS: Maltese Falcon

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 25 Sep 2004

Mark wrote:

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?

*********** In MALTESE FALCON character portrayal was at least as significant as plot execution. That's why it's still worth reading even after you know what happens. And in spite of all the surprises lost, there is still a delicious sense of ambiguity in the story. Does Sam love Brigid? When did Sam figure out that Brigid was the murderer? What in hell does the Flitcraft story mean?


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