Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays: The Maltese Falcon

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:
"Hello. . . . Yes, speaking. . . . Dead? . . . Yes. . . . Fifteen minutes. Thanks."
Somebody's dead. The plot thickens. Nice.

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.

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by Jenn at Daily Rhythm. If you'd like to read more teasers, or take part yourself, just head on over to her blog.

And please feel free to leave me a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in your comment here.


  1. I have been so curious about this author for a long time...why haven't I read anything? Love the sound of this one. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “SMOKE”

  2. Love Hammett's work. Should read this one. The movie doesn't spoil it for the book? Here's my teaser: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-XS

  3. I thought I'd read this but, if so, I don't remember much about it. My teaser this week comes from Dead Ice by Laurell K. Hamilton. Happy reading!

  4. Classic noir! I've seen the movie but never read the book. I'm adding it to my TBR list right now.
    My Tuesday post features Skinny Dip

  5. Ooh, a classic. I like noir sometimes but I've never read Hammett. Happy Tuesday!

  6. I loved the movie. Never read the book though.


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