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[Reviews] The Thin Man

A breezy sort of detective story that makes me wish Hammett explored these characters in additional novels.

[Reviews] The Glass Key

Takes Hammett's usual focus on murder and mixes it with a dash of political corruption, with mixed results.

The Maltese Falcon

If you've paid much attention to "noir" cinema at all, you've at least heard of a movie called The Maltese Falcon, which starred Humphrey Bogart in a tough-guy role that supposedly ranks among his best. I had heard of it, certainly, though I had never watched it. Then, as I've been working my way through mystery fiction over the last few years, I found out that the movie was based on a well regarded book, also called "The Maltese Falcon."

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The Dain Curse

"The Dain Curse" is, from what I can tell, the second novel written by Dashiell Hammett, who I believe also wrote only two books about his fictional Continental detective agency. This one is the pseudo-sequel to his first novel, "Red Harvest," which felt enough different that I wasn't sure it even featured the same protagonist until very nearly the end.

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Red Harvest

Somehow, I managed to reach my mid-30s without knowing about Dashiell Hammett, the classic American writer who many credit with creating the "hard-boiled detective" subgenre. He is famous for writing "The Maltese Falcon," a book I had heard referenced because it was apparently made into a popular movie, but that was his third novel. To see the first novel he ever produced, one must go further back, to "Red Harvest."

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Top Secret Twenty-One

I wish that I could read a new Stephanie Plum story and enjoy it as effortlessly as I did the early installments, but those days are long gone. Instead, I can typically expect a good story that amuses me but also leaves me wishing for better. "Top Secret Twenty-One," a recent installment in the series, lived up to lowered expectations.

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