“I started The Maltese Falcon on its way to you by express last Friday, the fourteenth. I’m fairly confident that it is the best thing I’ve done so far.”
—Dashiell Hammett’s June 16, 1929, letter to his editor at Alfred Knopf, Harry Block.
Dilys Winn, the pioneering mystery bookseller, editor died on February 5, 2016, in Asheville, North Carolina. Winn opened Murder Ink, the very first bookstore devoted solely to mystery fiction, in New York City in 1972.