Just to update everyone on my progress on the 48 Hour Read-A-Thon -- unfortunately it's slowed down a bit. I included Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon in my pile because I've made several attempts at reading it, including an online class. I'm finding it hard to forget the John Huston movie or even what I already know about the story. The descriptions do help separate the book from the movie, because while you can hear Bogey in his trenchcoat, you see Hammett's Spade. And Bogey made him a bit more tragic/romantic, because in the book, Spade comes off as slightly unsympathetic in places. And I still don't know how anyone trusted Brigid O'Shaughnessy -- obviously my woman's intuition tells me different things than Effie's does.
I also started Alan Furst's Spies of Warsaw last night. He writes a sequence of espionage books set in Europe during WWII or the years just before. It's a very different world, filled with foreign dignitaries and innuendo. I'm looking forward to reading more.