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Crime Wave to discuss 'The Maltese Falcon'

Established in the fall of 2000, the Minnesota Crime Wave consists of mystery writers (left to right) William Kent Krueger, Carl Brookins and Ellen Hart. (Contributed photo)

On Thursday, February 7 at 7 p.m., the 2013 Community Read, One Community, One Book, will feature a presentation by Minnesota Crime Wave on Dashiell Hammett's novel The Maltese Falcon. This free event will be held at the Douglas County Library meeting room in Alexandria.

The Maltese Falcon follows San Francisco Private Investigator Sam Spade and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette.

Some copies of the book will be available at the Friends of the Library Bookstore.

Consisting of Carl Brookins, Ellen Hart and William Kent Krueger, Minnesota Crime Wave will discuss their own work, the crime genre, The Maltese Falcon and writing in general.

Between them, Hart, Brookins and Krueger have published more than 30 novels and received nearly two dozen local, regional and national awards for their writing. They have toured the country several times, presenting more than 100 events and workshops at libraries, bookstores, conferences and book festivals.

Hart, a trained chef, is author of the Jane Lawless mystery series, which features a culinary detective. Hart has also written novels featuring food critic Sophie Greenway. Both series are set in the Twin Cities.

Brookins, a former academic and an avid sailor, is the author of three mystery series. The Tanner-Whitney series features a married pair of sailing sleuths. The Sean Sean series features a short, funny and sometimes dark private detective with an identical first and last name. His most recent offering, Bloody Halls, introduces a series with an academic setting.

Krueger writes the Cork O'Connor mystery series, which is set in the great northwoods of Minnesota and features a protagonist who is part Irish and part Ojibwe. His stories often deal with the clash of cultures.

Community Read strives to bring the community together to read, discuss and celebrate books and writers. It is a collaboration of Douglas County Library, Friends of the Library, Cherry Street Books and Alexandria Community Education, all in Alexandria.