The 100 best novels: 'The Maltese Falcon'
— Robert McCrum
»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.«
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.
»The upshot is his masterpiece, a brilliant marriage of the sensational and the realistic. In short, a classic.«
Wilkie Collins’s masterpiece: In his series about the 100 best novels Robert McCrum introduces The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins.
»Boyd IS Bond.«
A short review: William Boyd has taken 007 in a different and better direction, Robert McCrum says. His review of Solo at The Guardian.