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The 100 best novels: 'The Maltese Falcon'
»Raymond Chandler, who owes so much to Hammett, deserves the last word. He said of The Maltese Falcon: «If you can show me 20 books written approximately 20 years back that have as much guts and life now, I’ll eat them between slices of Edmund Wilson’s head.» Nearly 100 years later, the «guts and life» of Hammett’s prose still puts some of his etiolated heirs to shame.«
— Robert McCrum

The 100 best novels: Robert McCrum selected The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett on the list of 100 best novels. Read his justification at

  • Walt by Russell Wangersky
  • Last of the Independents by Sam Wiebe
  • Visions by Kelley Armstrong

Crime fiction from Canada: Sarah Weinman about new books by Russell Wangersky, Sam Wiebe and Kelley Armstrong. Read her reviews at her column Crimewave at

  • Darkness, Darkness by John Harvey
  • Rose Gold by Walter Mosley
  • The Stone Wife by Peter Lovesey
  • Prison Noir edited by Joyce Carol Oates

Letting Go: Marilyn Stasio about new novels by John Harvey, Walter Mosley and Peter Lovesey and about the Akashic anthology Prison Noir edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Her reviews at The New York Times.