October 18, 1993 12:00 PM

by James Crumley

The American signature in mystery is hyperkinetic hard-boiled prose, full of rotgut and rue, and no one does it better than Crumley. His first novel in a decade reunites ragtag Vietnam vets in quest of adventure, the honor of fair maidens and the Maltese Falcon grail of the title. The story doesn’t always make sense, but it seethes. (Mysterious Press, $19.95)

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