RARA-AVIS: "A Certain Type of Mental Illness"

From: Kevin Burton Smith ( kvnsmith@thrillingdetective.com)
Date: 02 Jun 2008

Speaking of The Maltese Falcon, a 1929 novel written by Dashiell Hammett which some of you may have heard of and some (but obviously not all) may have read, Patrick wrote:

> This is a work of
> fiction that explores a certain type of mental
> illness. It's very close to Charles Manson and his

> race war as a motive for mass murder.

Very close? Could someone please pass me my jaw?


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