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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 theguardian.com.

»As usual with the wonderful non-profit Library of America, the Dashiell Hammett Edition is about as superb a collection as one could ask for. He was a true original, who wrote about the darker side of life in a way that is absolutely compelling. The set houses the two volumes in a sturdy box that will look spectacular on your bookshelf. For fans, this is a must for the holiday season.«

Greg Barbrick

A definitive Hammett set: Greg Barbrick about the The Library of America Edition by Dashiell Hammett. The two-book-set includes the novels Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, The Thin Man, and 24 crime stories. His review at blogcritics.org.