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The Maltese Falcon

Second place winner, Belmont Teen Read Week Book Review Contest 2002
Prize: $10 gift certificate for Newbury Comics

Author: Dashiell Hammett
Reviewer's Age: Grade 12

The latest and maybe one of the most interesting books I have ever read was The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett. The reason I felt this book was so good was because it had almost every component to the makings of a great novel. It contains everything a serious reader would want in a book: good characters, interesting plot, and solid ending. Throughout the entire book there was almost a constant suspense that made you want to read at least one more page. The first ten pages include lying, murder, and deceit. It is really about a detective who takes a case with his partner who ends up dead after the first twelve hours. He spends the rest of the book trying to figure out who murdered his best friend and solving the case of the Maltese falcon. I would recommend this book to any reader above the high school level interested in finding a good novel.