The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

Opening line:

Samuel Spade’s jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth.


The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett

Opening line:

It was a diamond all right, shining in the grass half a dozen feet from the the blue brick wall.

Arson Plus by Dashiell Hammett

Mac’s too lazy to express an opinion, or even form one, unless he’s driven to it; but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth listening to, if you can get them.