Review: <i>The Night at the Crossroads</i> by Georges Simenon Review: The Night at the Crossroads by Georges Simenon Jake Hinkson Read Jake Hinkson's review! <i>To Right the Wrongs</i>: Excerpt To Right the Wrongs: Excerpt Sheryl Scarborough The second book in the Erin Blake series. Discount: <i>Don't Look for Me</i> by Loren D. Estleman Discount: Don't Look for Me by Loren D. Estleman Crime HQ Get a digital copy for only $2.99! Review: <i>All the Deadly Lies</i> by Marian Lanouette Review: All the Deadly Lies by Marian Lanouette John Valeri Read John Valeri's review!
From The Blog
February 23, 2018
What If We’re Living In an Alternative-History Novel?
Mitch Silver
February 23, 2018
How to Lose the Cops in 10 Days: Suspected Car Thief Tries to Convince Police He's Matthew McConaughey
Adam Wagner
February 22, 2018
5 Crime Fiction Titles with a Strong Sense of Place
Chris Rhatigan
February 21, 2018
Judging a Book by Its Covers
Eric Beetner
February 19, 2018
What I Learned from Tom Ripley, Bruno Antony, and Patricia Highsmith
Mitch Silver
Showing posts by: Bill Syken click to see Bill Syken's profile
Aug 6 2015 11:30am

And Now, The Starting Lineup for Your Maltese Falcons!

An observation I had in my years working for Sports Illustrated: athletes and the heroes of crime fiction have much in common, but most simply this—a ruthless clarity of purpose and an ability to perform at their best when the action reaches its climax.

Below I’ve assembled a football team populated by great characters from crime fiction. I wound up placing more criminals on offense and more detectives on defense, which seemed natural. It is, after all, the criminals who are trying to get something past the detectives.

I’m calling my team the Maltese Falcons.


Quarterback: Parker

Richard Stark’s master thief is the man to run my offense. No one is better at anticipating angles, planning around the weaknesses of his teammates, and ruthlessly attacking the vulnerabilities of his opponents. I looked hard at Sherlock Holmes for the job, but, even though he’s smart enough to beat the drug tests, I can’t have a cocaine user as the face of my franchise.

[Who's Parker going to hand the ball off to?]