Dashiell Hammett

“Every year, when I remember to do so, I reread Dashiell Hammett’s novel, The Maltese Falcon. It reconfirms a lot of important things about American life: The business of America is business; romance is a worthwhile delusion; it’s hazardous to sleep with your partner’s wife; women who engage in serial relationships will lie to you when the truth will do them more good; existentialism is a practical philosophy for urban males to follow; and if a man developes a professional attitude towards his work, he will probably succeed where others fail.”
-Charles Willeford, from a review of Diane Johnson’s biography of Dashiell Hammett

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