Okay, first off I would like to state clearly that I think Chandler is probably the best crime-writer of ours or any era. I know, bold statement. Comparing Chandler and Hammett is like comparing Mozart and Beethoven. For one, Chandler had the benefit of writing after Hammett, and many people say he just took the baton from Hammett and ran with it. But comparing styles, I have to say the Chandler is much more poetic and agile around the language. Where Hammett clarity is unmatched, Chandler seemed a bit more darker, perhaps. I know the Maltese Falcon has some serious fans, is by far a more popular book than The Thin Man. But I gotta say I found the latter a much more enjoyable read. I'm wondering if Chandler just had a little more soul, and was a bit bolder with his prose. Thoughts?