I'm not much of a crime reader. I love Kate Atkinson's take on the crime genre, but I don't think that her novels could be called strictly 'crime', and I have also only read one Agatha Christie novel. So it makes a refreshing change to be reading 'The Maltese Falcon', a classic crime novel from the 30's. Here's the 'snippet'.
Page 87 'Beginning day had reduced night to a thin smokiness when Spade sat up.'
'The Maltese Falcon'-Dashiell Hammett