Reviews

New York Journal of Books Weighs in on The Big Man’s Daughter

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“Just as Hammett made imagined crime feel real, McAlpine makes metafiction mischief suffused with meaning; from the masterful Hammett Unwritten, to the too-wonderful-not-to-mention Woman with the Blue Pencil, and now the mesmerizing The Big Man’s Daughter, McAlpine’s novels prove as moving as they do dazzling.” John Huston’s classic 1941 film adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s The…

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“An ebullient mashup” –Kirkus on The Big Man’s Daughter

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An ebullient mashup/revision/sequel perfect for knowing readers who don’t mind (spoiler) missing the Falcon yet again. –Kirkus Reviews

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The Thrilling Detective Website Deconstructs Owen Fitzstephen

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Owen Fitzstephen‘s book is called The Big Man’s Daughter, and it doesn’t really have a detective in it, but… Explaining one of his books is a bit like skiing about soup. This is really just the author playing fast and loose (and possibly avoiding lawsuits from the Dashiell Hammett estate) with The Maltese Falcon (again). Like, really…

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Starred Review From P.W. for The Big Man’s Daughter – “Exhilarating!”

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“This arresting mystery from Fitzstephen (Hammett Unwritten) explores what might have happened to a minor character in Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. In 1922 San Francisco, cunning 18-year-old Rita Gaspereaux is at loose ends after her con artist father, Cletus, “known to some in the rackets as the Big Man,” dies in a shootout over…

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Reviews of Hammett Unwritten

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“Stories within stories, mysteries within mysteries, characters within characters, birds within birds, writers within writers within writers. I know this for sure: I very much enjoyed reading Hammett Unwritten.”
-The Globe and Mail, Canada’s leading newspaper

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