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Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature
Margaret Atwood
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals
Robert M. Pirsig
Simulacra and Simulation (The Body, In Theory: Histories of Cultural Materialism)
Jean Baudrillard, Sheila Faria Glaser
Leaven of Malice
Robertson Davies
The Salterton Trilogy
Robertson Davies
Effi Briest (Penguin Classics)
Theodor Fontane
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Nicholas Ostler
Cases And Materials On The Law Of Torts
Robert M. Solomon
Public Law : Cases Materials and Commentary
Philip Bryden, Craik, Neil, Craig Forcese, Forcese, Craig
A Property Law Reader
Bruce H. Ziff
The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett The Maltese Falcon is all about deception. Sam and Brigid are such pathological liars that I seriously doubt anything they say. But that's what makes The Maltese Falcon such an endearing work: it's an experimental glance into the human mind, and a fairly successful one at that. Hammett creates a world that functions on a simple thriller/murder-mystery level and that also points to more philosophical matters. Do good and evil exist? Sam Spade seems to tacitly agree when he plays by his own version of those rules. Does that make Sam - or anyone else, for that matter - a good or evil person? What's at the heart of a lying and deceitful person like Sam? The Maltese Falcon gives us Dashiell Hammett's views on these matters, and they certainly are intriguing. Best of all, The Maltese Falcon works as a simple mystery too, in case you're not thrilled about diving headfirst into Sam Spade's hard-boiled morality.

There's really no excuse not to read The Maltese Falcon. It's a great piece of detective fiction.