Knowing that The Maltese Falcon is a bit of a classic in the noir genre, I wanted to give it a read. Perhaps this novel was good back when it was written, but I don't think it works today. Sam Spade is chauvanistic and almost comical at times. His language makes him a caricature. Mostly it was hard for me to take this seriously. It almost felt like a parody of 1920's detective novels. Perhaps that was the way people actually acted back then, but for me it just didn't ring true.
Carl Alves - author of Two For Eternity