San Francisco detective Ed Sampas is sitting in his office when Thelonius Noble enters
and says he wants to hire Sampas to recover a stolen item. It’s a black statue of a bird,
about a foot high, made of lead.
“Sounds like the Maltese falcon,” Sampas jokes.
“It is,” Noble tells him, straight-faced. “I own the prop from The Maltese Falcon, and it’s worth a million dollars.”
And so, Sampas is hired to find the Maltese falcon.
Reel Life Crime mirrors the plot of Dashiell Hammett’s novel and John Huston’s film, while being an original mystery in its own right, a tongue-in-cheek hard-boiled detective story, an affectionate tribute to the noir genre, and a commentary on how much movies impact our culture and our everyday lives.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This novel is very dialogue driven, sort of like a play or a movie script, which was very different for me as a reader. I'm used to vast descriptors in my novels, but a dialogue driven novel is actually quite refreshing. Unfortunately, on the whole, the novel itself just wasn't for me for a number of reasons. I, personally, had a hard time connecting to any of the characters, and I wonder if perhaps I needed to see the movie or be familiar with the story of the Maltese falcon to really "get it," but I don't think that's entirely it. I'm not really a fan of wise-cracking characters, and AJ and Kermit grated my nerves with their "stoner" type attitude and nonchalance, which I found to be present in a majority of the characters, not just these two. The characters themselves made it difficult for me to focus on the underlying detective story because I found them a tab bit annoying with all their pauses, tangents, and "likes," and their inability to tell the story straight was jarring, if that makes any kind of sense. I've also noticed over time that I'm just not a "funny" person, and many tongue-in-cheek and dry sense of humors are beyond me, even though I really try to "get" it. My cognitive thought process just doesn't wire that way, and it's no fault of the author's at all--it's just a personal thing, I supposed. I also had a small issue with the constant underlining as opposed to italics used in the dialogue, but that's, again, a personal preference and has no barring on the story. Truthfully, I think this novel has a good premise and that many people will enjoy it, especially if they're into old movies, detective stories, flighty characters, and tongue-in-cheek humor (my brother would probably really enjoy it, actually...). It just wasn't for me.
I want more of these types of stories. It’s what I call a curl up in front of the fire with a bag of popcorn and some hot chocolate and sit down to a really good book. I love the detective in this story and the fact that he just can’t seem to come to terms with who he is. Can’t we all associate with that?? This is a great story, full of suspense and wonderfully real characters. I had no trouble following the plot and the clues leading to the end. I was able to guess what happened but that’s not the author’s fault…I read entirely too many books! Regardless I loved it. I hope he creates many more novels with these characters. From what I’ve been reading, this book included, the old genre they used to call ‘spaghetti western’ where there are a ton of short stories surrounding a central theme or character are coming back. Even as little as 10 years ago no one was writing those anymore. Now, with new authors and the advent of e-books, these types of serial books are making a comeback and I have to say, this is an awesome first round. Keep it up and keep them coming.