The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett The edition (which I got from the library) is a lovely one. It has black & white photographs throughout that are historic photos of San Francisco in 1928, showing locations as Sam Spade would have seen them. Love it! (Published by North Point Press, ISBN 0-86547-156-8/cloth, 0-86547-157-6/paper).

This is the classic noir detective novel to which others aspire. Worth the adulation.

Again, I have to point out that the version I read (published by North Point Press) is just amazing -- filled with period black & white photos of San Francisco locations that are in the novel. The "On the Photographs" section in the rear of the book gives lots of detail about the research that went into finding the photos, determining a timeline for The Maltese Falcon, & specific info about every photo included. Kudos to North Point Press! They deserve huge praise for such a gorgeous, neat edition of an American classic.