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‘You have always, I must say, a smooth explanation ready.’

The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett

What is there to say about this one? This is as classic as classic gets, and I say that as someone who’s reviewed Don Quixote here. 1,303 more words

Crime Fiction

Tom Recommends: Chinatown

Film noir is a style of cinema that hasn’t been done much in recent years.  Generally taking the form of a detective story, noir elements often include morally ambiguous at best protagonists dealing with shifty characters and no one is entirely trustworthy.  846 more words

Movies & TV

Pop Culture Mysteries - Enter the Blonde - Part 5

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“Lady,” I said as I threw the letter down on the desk. “Is this some kind of joke?”

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Papers Of Dashiell Hammett, Creator Of SF Sleuth Sam Spade, Go To University of South Carolina

COLUMBIA S.C. (CBS/AP) — A major collection of letters, photos and publications of the late crime fiction author Dashiell Hammett has been acquired by the University of South Carolina and will be made available to students and scholars within the coming year. 714 more words


A MacGuffin As A Writer's Tool


A MacGuffin is a plot device that doesn’t really ever develop into something of significance. It is a useful tool used by authors to develop the plot in other ways. 249 more words

Creative Writing

The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

The Big Sleep–The Book: We all know the movie The Big Sleep based on Raymond Chandler’s book. The main story in the movie basically follows the book so I won’t repeat it. 797 more words