[QUOTE=Raven;4352]Within the past couple of weeks I’ve wrapped up “Spade and Archer,” the prequel to the Maltese Falcon by Joe Gores,
Raven, I enjoyed Spade and Archer very much, as well. I've been a long time Joe Gores fan and have read almost all of his novels and stories. If you haven't come across them, look up his "Hammett", which is the basis for the eponymous neo-noir, and "Interface", a fast-moving PI novel set in the 70s. His Dan Kearney series is great, also, especially "32 Cadillacs".