This week my teaser lines come from Dashiell Hammett's classic detective novel, The Maltese Falcon (first published as a magazine serial in 1929). This snippet comes from the opening of Chapter 2 (titled "Death in the Fog"):
A telephone-bell rang in darkness. When it had rung three times bed-springs creaked, fingers fumbled on wood, something small and hard thudded on a carpeted floor, the springs creaked again, and a man's voice said:Somebody's dead. The plot thickens. Nice.
"Hello. . . . Yes, speaking. . . . Dead? . . . Yes. . . . Fifteen minutes. Thanks."
I'm reading this for the Vintage Mystery Bingo Reading Challenge. The 1941 film with Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade is one of my favorite movies, so it's strange that I've never read the novel until now. So far, it's living up to all expectations.
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