Please indulge a question that might be less obvious to many than it
may seem to you. I'm teaching a Detective Fiction class right now in
San Francisco and we've started with The Maltese Falcon. I know this
is the book to start with, but I'm curious what you all have to say on
why? A question I'm posing here is: What did Hammett bring to the fold
that was new and started things fresh for our genre?
We've read "The Simple Art of Murder" and Hillerman's intro to the
Best American Mystery Stories of the Century, as well as a number of
other things I've been able to find and I'm definitely coming up with
some answers. BUT I keep thinking that it'd be interesting to see what
you have to say about this.
Please have at it.
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