|The Maltese Falcon|
I know I have complained a bit about so many of the 100 Best Novels being so similar. I know there is some truth to that, but #56 proved they do not all fall in the same genre.
Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon involves no lonely British women and no colonized countries...well, assuming you're not counting America. We haven't been under British rule for quite a while now, after all.
Hammett's mystery is one I knew about before starting the challenge. I could not have told you any of the plot or named a single character, but I did at least know it existed.
The story, as it turns out, is set in San Francisco and is one of the first true detective novels. The protagonist, private investigator Sam Spade, takes on a case without realizing its full scope. Suddenly, he finds himself embroiled in an international escapade with his life on the line.
Sounds like a lot of modern thrillers, right?