Our area is having another The Big Read program this year (it's when a community, often set up through the local library, reads the same book and has some activities associated with the characters/author/plot/etc.), and they've chosen Dahiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. Since I hadn't even seen the film (do plan to now, though), I didn't really know how it ends (and films sometimes change the plot or details of the novels anyway). Not bad; I've never really found detective stories all that great (there have been a few that were okay). Certainly is a "period piece," as all the male chauvinism, domestic violence, and subtle racist/stereotypical comments wouldn't do so well in today's climate.