Author Archives: Tom Sawyer

The Black Bird and the Chicago Kid

Funny how stuff can sneak up on you. I was a youth when I first read Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, and therefore didn’t really understand its significant place in American literature. Nor did I have any notion of how deeply and pervasively it would affect my life and my professional career. Only now, upon reflection, have I become fully aware of this last. On one level, I simply enjoyed the hell out of the book. But some things about the story grabbed me in Continue reading →