Help, my memory is shot (Maltese Falcon spoilers)
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Spade, looking down at his desk, nodded almost imperceptibly. "Yes," he said, and shivered. "Well, send her in."
The interpretation is that the insanely jealous Iva walks into the office, pulls a gun out her purse and shoots Spade dead. I myself can't decide if that would be rough justice or a fitting comeuppance for Hammett's "blond satan", but my question is has anyone else run across the idea. For years I thought I got it from sf author Philip Jose Farmer but now I can't find it in his works (and I've got most of them). Any leads? Thanks. Cross-posting this in the largest mystery and sf groups.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I own Murder Ink (over the years I've owned it 3 different times, in fact - what a great book!) and that article is definitely ringing bells.
Now I'll have to look it up, and lose half the afternoon re-reading favorite pieces again ("The Lure of the Reichenbach" comes to mind.)
May you prosper as your library grows!
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