Tag Archives: Virgil

Erik Larson on ‘The Maltese Falcon’: Best. Novel. Ever?

The Wall Street Journal’s Book Club has a real doozy this week: hardboiled author Eric Larson on the father of hardboiled fiction, Dashiell Hammett. ‘One of the Best Novels, Period’ There was a time when Erik Larson could recite from memory an … Continue reading

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Raymond Chandler Watch: Grammar Is My Business

The hardtalking staff is a longtime lover of the works of Dasheill Hammett and Raymond Chandler, who we’ve always thought of as the Homer and Virgil, respectively, of pulp fiction. Now comes a new book, The World of Raymond Chandler: … Continue reading

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R.I.P., Sam Spade Jr.

Joe Gores was the son Dashiell Hammett never had. An accomplished mystery writer in his own right, Gores devoted two books to channeling the father of hard-boiled detective fiction: the  1975 novel Hammett, and the 2009 prequel to The Maltese … Continue reading

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