Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon is a cool, fast paced mystery novel that is a light but action packed read. If I was to describe this book in one word it would be cool. Hammett’s prose is very suave, producing a calm effect as the words glide across the page into your head. This pairs well with the protagonist, detective Sam Spades, nonchalant attitude. Nonetheless, the action and suspenseful scenes are still enticing. They aren’t too over the top as they build up naturally. In addition, the essence of mystery is constantly at change throughout the novel. This novel does a good job of keeping the mystery at large without just pushing back objective after objective. In conclusion, it’s a fast pace novel that is very entertaining to read; you can’t go wrong it.