Monday, February 7, 2022

Classic mysteries

From CrimeReads (, "Gone, But Not Forgotten," about mystery writers "dearly departed," among which, Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rex Stout, Ellery Queen, and others. On Dashiell Hammett:
Hammett wrote about two of my favorite sleuths, Sam Spade and Nick & Nora Charles, and while Spade is very different from the Charles, the books they are in are total classics. Hammett’s influence on detective and mystery fiction cannot be underestimated – he created a mold that most all others followed – and to me his books completely stand the test of time. In my opinion, The Maltese Falcon featuring Sam Spade is undeniably one of the best books ever written in its genre, while The Thin Man with Nick & Nora is right up there with it. Lest I forget, Hammett’s Red Harvest, featuring Continental Op, is on many all-time best books lists as well.
CrimeReads, "Gone, But Not Forgotten: 12 Great Mystery Authors Readers Still Love," February 7, 2022.

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