Monday, 12 April 2010
24. The Maltese Falcon
One of the great things about the list is reading books from genres that I wouldn't usually go near. Crime is one of those areas that I've never really had an interest in. I've read a few of the more modern crime books but not anything in the noir style.
My book promised that is was "one of the best crime novels ever written". Sadly I probably don't agree. I wasn't a fan of Hammett's style, and the book suffered from being overly confusing. So much double-crossing that I found it hard to follow at times. The characters-other than Sam Spade the chain-smoking, tough-talking detective- are pretty one-dimensional and I didn't feel like the story built up to as good a climax as I was expecting.
However, Hammett does have a way with words. His descriptions are great, and the dialogue is wonderfully authentic.
I wouldn't be in a rush to read another Hammett, but I'm glad I came across it.