Posts Tagged: The Maltese Falcon

Mystery Novels vs. Thrillers

By Paul Levine At a conference recently, I was asked, “Do you write mystery novels or thrillers?” “Yes,” I answered with a smile. Okay, it’s a wise ass reply. There are discernible differences between the two genrea.  As Wikipedia succinctly explains, the thriller hero must stop the villain’s plans, rather than uncover a crime that…

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Mystery Books Hard-Boiled: From Spade to Lassiter

By Paul Levine This question recently appeared on Facebook: “Who’s your favorite character in hard-boiled fiction?” The answers were smart and reflected knowledge of both classic and post-modern noir crime fiction. Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer were among the answers. So, too, of course was Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade. How could he not…

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