The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
“My all-time personal favorite. I love this book, all of it: the plot, the characters, the dialogue, much of which was lifted verbatim by John Huston for his screenplay for the beloved movie of the same name. The single best monologue in fiction appears toward the end, when Sam Spade tells Brigid O’Shaughnessy why he’s giving her to the police.”
—Erik Larson’s nonfiction best-seller In the Garden of Beasts is now in paperback ($16, amazon.com).
To buy: $14, amazon.com.