Friday, November 15, 2013

Five books with plots propelled by the search for an object

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Sara Brady tagged five "books focused on an object that sets the plot in motion," including:
Dashiell Hammett’s noir classic The Maltese Falcon is arguably more famous as a film than a book, thanks to Humphrey Bogart’s indelible performance as the original hard-boiled detective, Sam Spade. The elusive bird figurine around which all the action orbits would just a few years later earn itself a name as an enduring trope of movies and, later, television: the MacGuffin.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Maltese Falcon appears on J. Kingston Pierce's top ten list of introductions to crime fiction and John Mullan's lists of ten of the best fat men in literature and ten of the best femmes fatales in literature, and among Armistead Maupin's five best San Francisco novels and Janet Rudolph's ten favorite San Francisco-backdropped crime novels.

--Marshal Zeringue