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The Maltese Falcon
The Maltese Falcon: The Thin Man ; Red Harvest | Dashiell Hammett
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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) The three classic novels published here in one volume are rich with the crisp prose, subtle characters, and intricate plots that made Dashiell Hammett one of the most admired writers of the twentieth century. A one-time detective and a master of deft understatement, Hammett virtually invented the hard-boiled crime novel. In The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade, a private eye with his own solitary code of ethics, tangles with a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. The Thin Man introduces Hammett's wittiest creations, Nick and Nora Charles, who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. And in Red Harvest, Hammett's anonymous tough-guy detective, the Continental Op, takes on the entire town of Poisonville in a deadly war against corruption. "Dashiell Hammett is a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer."Boston Globe Hammett was spare, hard-boiled, but he did over and over what only the best writers can ever do. He wrote scenes that seemed never to have been written before.Raymond Chandler Hammetts prose was clean and entirely unique. His characters were as sharply and economically defined as any in American fiction.The New York Times As a novelist of realistic intrigue, Hammett was unsurpassed in his own or any time.Ross Macdonald Dashiell Hammetts dialogues can be compared only with the best in Hemingway.Andr Gide Hammett is one of the best contemporary American writers.Gertrude Stein
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CogsOfEncouragement
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It is not often I enjoy a tale and dislike all of the characters. This is one. People are not always likable. They can be a part of an interesting story just the same.

I gave it 4 stars on goodreads.

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CogsOfEncouragement
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Started reading for Dewey‘s 24 Hour #readathon this morning by finishing this classic crime novel set in 1930 San Francisco. #deweyoct #LibraryEBook

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CogsOfEncouragement
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waiting for the cable guy

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Jazinator
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Book #89: I know that the movie was based off of the book but it had been so long ago since I saw the movie that I don't remember any of the plot points. This was good because it didn't end up ruining any of the book for me. The movie, and a lot of similar rip-off movies, have the same motif, they contain this old detective feel; a black and...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2010/05/the-306-greatest-books-89-maltese-falcon.htm...

#100greatestbooks

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GidgetsTreasures75
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8-22-19: My 68th finished book of 2019! #themaltesefalcon #dashiellhammett 👍🏼📖#️⃣6️⃣8️⃣ This was my Dad‘s copy from 1984 💖

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GidgetsTreasures75
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7-10-19: While reading my father‘s copy of The Maltese Falcon, there was a knock on the door and I found 10 blue packages from the library waiting for me! It feels like my birthday! 📚🎉💖📚

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DreeMorris
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Pickpick

I liked this much more than I expected! At under 200 pages it‘s a quick read. And it isn‘t nearly as misogynistic as I was expecting from a hard-boiled detective novel 🤣. San Francisco Private detective Sam Spade figures out the various players in the search for/theft of the Maltese Falcon. #1001books #1000books

JazzFeathers I watched the classic film last year and truly enjoyed it. I really have to read the book too. 6mo
AshleyHoss820 I struggled with this one and didn‘t enjoy it as much as I wanted to but I enjoyed The Glass Key! 😊😊😊 5mo
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madamereadsalot1
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What an absolutely excellent description! I love when a passage just packs that little umph! that sets it apart.
#litsypartyofone

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madamereadsalot1
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1. The Ruin of a Rake and Maltese Falcon
2. The High Mountains of Portugal
3. "I believe that anyone who claims to know what's going on will lie about the little things too." Neil Gaiman, American Gods
"This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time." Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
"I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories.
I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyway." Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Jamillerauthor
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This book reminded me why I write suspense/thrillers. Loved it! How about you? #classic #amreading #amwriting

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you're enjoying it here ❣ 12mo
Eggbeater Welcome to Litsy! 🐙 12mo
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RamsFan1963
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1. Not really
2. The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
3. Night owl, usually up to 2 or 3 in the morning, reading of course.
4. Left-handed

#sundaysurvey @alisonrose

alisonrose Thanks for playing! 1y
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wanderinglynn
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Congrats @MicrobeMom on your milestone! 🎉👏🏻🎉👏🏻

There‘s still time to enter her #10kgiveaway - see the details on her original post!

MicrobeMom Yay! Thanks for entering! 1y
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llwheeler
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Just noticed that when rearranging shelves, I put my cute little owl figurine right in front of The Maltese Falcon. The falcon looks so angry about it 😂😂

keys_on_fire That‘s perfect! 1y
Sace I love it! 1y
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Skeeterisme
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Pickpick

Great audio adaptation. Like a radio play. (Made so much more sense than the movie.)

JazzFeathers Really? I enjoyed the movie a lot. I might try the audiobook (always meant to read the book, anyway) 1y
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Lcsmcat
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One of those books you read because so many others spun off from the genre. It was impossible to take seriously, but a fun quick read. #100essentialnovels

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Lcsmcat
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1. A ring necked snake got itself stuck in a tape dispenser on the organ at church.
2. Boiled egg, bagel, fruit;
3. Hard boiled detective
4. The chair cushion I‘m sitting on;
5. 5‘4”
#humpdaypost @MinDea

britt_brooke That‘s crazy! 1y
theresidentromantic What happened with it? Did you get it unstuck, was it already dead? 1y
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Cinfhen 😨😱😱😨 1y
JuliaTheBookNerd Wow, that really is crazy! 😱😱😱 1y
erzascarletbookgasm 😱😱 I‘ll be paralysed at the sight of it! 1y
4thhouseontheleft Oh no! Poor snake! Was it okay? 1y
julesG That is crazy, indeed! 1y
Lcsmcat @theresidentromantic @4thhouseontheleft It was alive. The organist covered it with a napkin so the children‘s choir that was singing wouldn‘t freak out. Then she passed a note to my husband (choir director) that said “Don‘t react and don‘t panic.” He took the whole thing out during the sermon. He couldn‘t get it off the tape but pulled the tape off the dispenser, snake and all, and flushed it. So if they can swim he‘s got a chance, but 👇🏻 (edited) 1y
Lcsmcat As they are venomous he wasn‘t going to try to unstick it while it was trying to bite him! 1y
SilversReviews Oh my!! 1y
LeahBergen 😮😮 1y
theresidentromantic @Lcsmcat That's pretty amazing, staying calm like that! I'm glad it was stuck then, so it didn't harm any of the kids! 1y
MinDea Weird! 1y
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Lcsmcat
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It‘s calm enough this morning to read a paper book outside, so I‘m starting this one of the #100essentialnovels.

Crazeedi What a gorgeous view 1y
Mommamanzi I loved this story! 1y
Lcsmcat @Crazeedi I love reading by the ocean! 1y
Lcsmcat @Mommamanzi I‘m having trouble reading it un-ironically since there have been so many parodies, but it‘s fun to read the original. 1y
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melyndarae
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Heading to the ER to see what's going on with my leg. Figured I'll take this along so I can get it shipped out to @Dempsey eventually.
#lmpbc
#groupo
@AshleyHoss820 @corycatelyn

corycatelyn Hope your ok...text me 2y
melyndarae @corycatelyn Thanks. Will do. 2y
cobwebmoth Sending positive thoughts! 2y
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melyndarae @cobwebmoth Thanks. It's probably nothing but I want to be sure. 2y
AmyG Hope all is ok. 2y
melyndarae @AmyG Thanks. 2y
melyndarae Just some sort of infection. Antibiotics and then home. 2y
AshleyHoss820 @melyndarae I‘m glad you got it looked at!! Hopefully it clears up soon!! ❤️❤️ 2y
melyndarae @AshleyHoss820 Thanks! I didn't read a single page of my book though. Lol. 2y
AshleyHoss820 @melyndarae Hahah!! Well, I‘m pretty sure it‘ll wait for you! 😄😄😄 2y
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AshleyHoss820
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I‘m a little over halfway, Ladies!! Also, because Amazon hates me and they screwed up one of my packages, I‘m going to mail your goodies to you to coincide with when you get my book! 😄😄😄

P.S. So far, this is good! I have no clue what‘s going on and the women are totally the stereotypes for women in 1920s/30s noir! 😊
#LMPBC #GroupO

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GripLitGrl
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somebooksaround Absolute classic!! 2y
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JessicaThunstromNelson
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When one of the books you're reading was written in 1929 and someone is described like he's Uncle Pennybags, but his net worth is roughly the value of your house, and you can't fathom what that would be in today's money (according to saving.com, $200,000 in 1929 would be about $2,883,321.64 today).

Jess7 Neat 2y
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JessicaThunstromNelson
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Getting around to another classic. I've been craving mysteries more lately, I think. I don't have many on my TBR pile, though.

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Books4Ever
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What a great read 👍 Sam Spade had me until the very last page. What a great detective story, full of colourful characters, mysterious murders, and intrigue 😊 I‘ll for sure be purchasing more titles by Dashiell Hammett 😊

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Books4Ever
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Current before bed must read 🙂 I purchased a copy years ago and I‘m finally digging in to this classic. So far so good 👍

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pegmcdawg
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Starting this old classic this weekend.

RaimeyGallant Fun! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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#January stats
I wasn‘t supposed to read this much this year. I was supposed to be doing other things.
But a plane ride, a couple weeks ill, & a readathon later... here I am.

Andrew65 Well done 👍 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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#24in48 #192019challenge

Wow - I liked this as an audiobook soooo much better than I liked reading it.
I gave it another go for 192019, & because it was on sale on Audible. I‘m so glad I did. The narration really brought this to life for me. Now I have to find more #noir for audiobooks. Suggestions?

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Sweettartlaura
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Errands are done...
With a little less than 7 hours left, I have 4 hours to go to hit #24in48.

Annnnnnnd... Go!

Andrew65 Good luck, looks as though you should make it! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Silvertongue Wow!!! You got this 😊 2y
robinb You can do it!!! 👏👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉🎉 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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Time to call it a night.
I have errands to run for a good chunk of tomorrow. But with this much done & the Maltese Falcon on Audible, hitting #24in48 is not impossible 🤞

Varshitha Your almost there .. 2y
2BR02B Awesome! 👏👏 2y
UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Joanne1 👍👏👏 2y
Andrew65 🙌🙌🙌🙌 2y
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Suzze
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Everyone wants to get their hands on this. #readingresolutions #greed

Blueberry Have you read any of Raymond Chandler's books? Same genre and time period. I enjoyed them. 2y
Suzze @Blueberry I haven‘t, but I‘d like to sometime! 2y
tpixie !!!! 2y
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Brie
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Yay books 📚 #tbr #bookhaul

vivastory Who published that edition of The Maltese Falcon? It's stunning 2y
Brie @vivastory Franklin Mystery Library. I found it used at the library for $1. I already read the book and have a copy, but I knew I‘d regret passing on this edition since it‘s so gorgeous. 2y
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HedgeWhitney
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I LOVE Bogart. ❤️🕵️🏻‍♂️ #spadeandarchersquadgoals

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Peterfox123
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Oh look! Is that a book which mentions Malta? I think it is! Isn't that the place I will be going to on holiday? Tomorrow? Why yes! Yes it is!
I just thought you'd like to know.

Cinfhen Enjoy 😊 2y
Cathythoughts The young Humphrey Bogart !! Well, fair play to you , that's a good one. Here's looking at books kid ! ( way too corny ) P. S. Have a great time 👍 (edited) 2y
Ms_T I've just bought this. Guess where I'm off to in five weeks. 2y
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Peterfox123 @Cinfhen Thank you! I'll do my very best. 😊 2y
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts I may buy a hat like his to protect me against the sun. 2y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T Oooh, I'll have to have a think. Only five weeks though! 2y
Cathythoughts Why else would you buy a hat like his ? The perfect sun hat / already tried & tested in Malta ! 2y
Cathythoughts Oh stop ! You will fit in perfectly in Malta 😂😂😂keep us all posted. 2y
Cathythoughts Just remember you are on holls. No investigations or undercover work. Take it easy 2y
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts Oh I'm very good at relaxing. 2y
Cinfhen Sounds amazing @Ms_T have a wonderful holiday 2y
Peterfox123 @Cinfhen 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍😎 2y
RealBooks4ever Have fun! Take a book! 😆 2y
Peterfox123 @RealBooks4ever Thank you! I may well have the book thing covered. 😉 2y
Ms_T @Cinfhen Thank you! 😘 2y
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lycomayflower
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Panpan

The last twenty pages or so were way more interesting and entertaining than the rest of the thing but in no way made up for the boring, misogynistic, homophobic, poorly written first 195.

Augustdana I love this picture a lot. 2y
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lycomayflower
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Dogbean snuggles making this stinker more bearable. Misogynistic, homophobic, *and* boring. Sheesh.

#dogsoflitsy

laytonwoman3rd Don't hold back...tell us what you really think! 2y
lycomayflower The only good thing about it is Effie Perine. Where is my retelling of this nonsense from Effie's pov? (Do *not* tell me to write it, Mims, I will smack you.) 2y
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lycomayflower
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Leaving the house for an hour with no likely downtime. Two books in my bag.

#butofcourse
#asyoudo

ReadingOver50 Love your bag 😍 2y
lycomayflower Thanks! 2y
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laytonwoman3rd
Mehso-so

This classic doesn't do much for me. I love a good hard-boiled detective story, but give me Marlowe over Spade...and write believable women, please!

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cewilf
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The end of the school year means reading all day every day is in sight. Finally found time to get back to the library!

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Gezemice
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Mehso-so

Classic noir, cynical, booze-guzzling, smoking, gun-toting, slaphappy characters, good story, well-written action. But the characters are soooo dated that they are ridiculous. I have no patience for misogynistic assholes. Spade treats females with condescension, bullies everyone, picks fights, and generally is an arrogant idiot. I did not have the same issue with Chandler so it might not be me, but Hammet. ⭐⭐/5

queerbookreader Yeah but it was a great Bogart film 😍 3y
Sydsavvy It's still discussed so much in writing classes. 3y
Gezemice @lemonlime799 I saw it a long time ago but I remember liking it. The book reads like a movie script. 3y
Gezemice @Sydsavvy Yeah, it has started a genre and I can see that it does it well - but lately I just lost patience with that type of character. 3y
Sydsavvy 😂 I totally get that! 3y
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halfdesertedstreets
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Mehso-so

Noir and filmic and genre-typifying -- but I just couldn't get past the latent skeeviness. That, and my fingers kept itching to go at the descriptive passages with a judicious red pen. Two stars for this one.

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bitterbear
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Reecaspieces Enough said! 3y
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bochord
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ScorpioBookDreams
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Love the illustrations in the Folio edition of the Maltese Falcon. 😍😍

tpixie Fun puzzle pieces. Reminds me when my sister did little red riding hood's hood which was all red! 3y
DeborahSmall Another one to add to my folio birthday list. Only 40 once after all!! 3y
ScorpioBookDreams @DeborahSmall I got this for Qd on eBay. Never been read! 3y
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ScorpioBookDreams @tpixie or when you have to do the sky and you don't know where to start! 😂 3y
DeborahSmall @ScorpioBookDreams no way!! You're killing me xx 3y
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Sheenah684
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Pickpick

Loved listening to a full cast for this hard boiled detective story.

Sweettartlaura Oooh, this would have been great! I listened to it today, & it really enhanced the book for me - from 2 to 4, maybe even 5 stars. But a full cast... that would have been awesome. 2y
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Sheenah684
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So much fun to listen to! This is my first experience with a full cast.

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mlzbthc
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Hard-boiled detective fiction #coolspines #riotgrams #februaryphotochallenge

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readordierachel
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There are a lot of really famous books set in San Francisco and apparently I have read none of them! Here are just two of the many. I did eat at a restaurant featured in Maltese Falcon, so maybe that counts for something?

#setinyourcity #readjanuary
@RealLifeReading

KVanRead I've eaten at that restaurant! John's Grill. 3y
readordierachel @KVanRead Yep, that's the one! 3y
kspenmoll I say the restaurant counts!!!! 3y
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ChristieStratos
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This is between a pick and a so-so for me. The style is fast-paced and the author wastes no time, but some of the descriptions are strange and don't go well together in my opinion. Sort of unpictureable. I also felt a fair amount that was left out of the movie was just for suspense and didn't serve too much of a purpose otherwise. I did enjoy it, though, and the characters are very sharp. Wilmer was even more brutal in the book version.