»The «hard-boiled» genre of detective fiction – tough realism with a vernacular dialogue; a focus on the less noble side of humanity – was defined for all time when Dashiell Hammett wrote The Maltese Falcon, a multi-layered tale of greed and deceit.«
Dashiell Hammett’s drama was a ground-breaking work of detective fiction which paved the way for film noir, says Will Hodgkinson. His essay you will find at The Telegraph.
»In Tregillis’ novel, the Archangels sing hosannas from both human and bestial mouths; the eye-studded wheels called Thrones keep the peace; and Cherubim intimidate with faces of flame.«
A Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven: Amy Goldschlager about the novel Something More Than Night by Ian Tregillis. Her review at The Kirkus Reviews.
»There’s something exciting about a novelist filling in the blank spots that a traditional biography can’t quite touch, but Toperoff overplays his hand, sometimes undoing what’s been scrupulously recorded elsewhere.«
Lillian and Dash reimagines the romance between author Dashiell Hammett and playwright Lillian Hellman. Art Taylor reviews the novel by Sam Toperoff at The Washington Post.