Hammett Unwritten (Paperback)
Seventh Street Books, 9781616147143, 176pp.
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
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Praise For Hammett Unwritten…
“[A] spectacularly original novel…Hammett Unwritten is a brave and risky business, playing games with such a beloved and iconic literary, work but the author succeeds in making his wild story credible and fascinating.”
-Otto Penzler, The Mysterious Bookshop
"An enticing tale of fact and fiction.”
“McAlpine has created not just a pastiche or a homage, but rather a refreshing, brisk, yet fully and brilliantly realized work in the form of Hammett Unwritten—a work that is nearly perfect and manages to pay homage to Hammett's celebrated work, while still being an incredibly engaging read for the uninitiated. . . . [An] inspired tale that delivers as expertly drawn meta-fiction and a compelling mystery.”
-Reviewing the Evidence
"A story that will keep the reader riveted to the pages.. . . Hammett Unwritten tells a story but raises questions about the nature of fiction and those who create it that will stay with you long after you finish the book.”
“This fun metabiography takes the characters and general background of the Maltese Falcon and combines it with just enough fact to generate an entertaining tale with hints of The Dain Curse thrown in for good measure…If a spot of light reading is what you seek, this is a treat.”
-Monsters and Critics
"Staggering. A must-read not only for mystery lovers and fans of The Maltese Falcon, but vital to writers. Writer's block will never be quite the same again. Wonderful novel, sublimely clever."
-Ken Bruen, author of Headstone
"It's a sort of literary conceit-within-a-conceit-within-another-conceit, and it succeeds very well. Readers who prefer to just focus on the story at hand will be rewarded with an exciting tale with a compelling protagonist (Hammett was a real-life larger-than-life character), and those who enjoy literary games-playing will have fun sorting it all out."