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The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

by Dashiell Hammett

I’m one of the few—if there are any more—people moderately literate who take the detective story seriously.


Resources on Hammett and The Maltese Falcon

  • Bruccoli, Matthew J., and Richard Layman. Hardboiled Mystery Writers: Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ross Macdonald. 1989. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2002.
  • Hammett, Jo. Dashiell Hammett: A Daughter Remembers. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2001.
  • Johnson, Diane. Dashiell Hammett: A Life. New York: Random House, 1983.
  • Layman, Richard, ed. Discovering The Maltese Falcon and Sam Spade. Rev. ed. San Francisco, CA: Vince Emery Productions, 2005.
  • Layman, Richard. Shadow Man: The Life of Dashiell Hammett. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich/Bruccoli Clark, 1981.
  • Layman, Richard, and Julie M. Rivett, eds. Selected Letters of Dashiell Hammett. Washington, DC: Counterpoint, 2001.
  • Nolan, William F. Hammett: A Life at the Edge. New York: Congdon & Weed, 1983.
If you liked The Maltese Falcon, you might enjoy:
  • James M. Cain's The Postman Always Rings Twice, 1934
  • Dorothy B. Hughes's In a Lonely Place, 1947
  • Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, 1953
  • Ross Macdonald's The Chill, 1964
  • P. D. James's An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, 1972
If you're interested in seeing other classic film noir, you might enjoy:
  • The Stranger on the Third Floor, 1940
  • Double Indemnity, 1944
  • The Big Sleep, 1946
  • Kiss Me Deadly, 1955
  • Touch of Evil, 1958
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