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Hammett's 'Maltese Falcon,' 75 Years Later

Feb 9, 2005 (Talk of the Nation)

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Private Detective Sam Spade still roams the foggy back alleys of the American imagination. His creator, Dashiell Hammett, published The Maltese Falcon 75 years ago this month. We host an appreciation of the novel and its author.

Guests:

Richard Layman, executor, Hammett literary estate; co-author, Hardboiled Mystery Writers: Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, Ross Macdonald

Robert Parker, author, several hardboiled mystery series, including the Spencer novels; Cold Service; TV movie Stone Cold airs Feb 20; wrote dissertation on Hammett and Chandler

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