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Read "The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. A coolly glittering gem of. The Maltese Falcon is a detective novel by Dashiell Hammett, originally serialized in the magazine Black Mask beginning with the September issue. Similar Free eBooks. Filter by page count, Hammett, Dashiell ''The Maltese Falcon' Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Man.

A great, terse novel. Hammett's life was the equal of his book. He lived as well as he wrote. Like f FoltinSmyde Apr 25, Great novel, intriguing and full of suspense. The characters and locales are described in a style that is engrossing, yet concise and minimalistic. What these three peculiar villains have in common is their desire to get their hands on a falcon-shaped ornament, the titular MacGuffin. As the novel progresses, Spade begins to uncover sinister secrets and the desperate lengths these people will go to have the falcon for their own. His words have a Hemingwayesque bluntness and are written with concision. The Maltese Falcon is hardly subtle, but possesses a sense of wit and charm that makes it memorable. But The Maltese Falcon is far more down to earth, calm, and entertaining. After all, everything that is now cliched was once innovative and refreshing. The Maltese Falcon has no shortage of engrossing secondary characters, nor does it have a shortage of descriptions for them. Thematically, the novel does exist in fairly shallow territory. The Maltese Falcon is filled with death interesting, however, is the fact that all of the violence occurs off the page. Countless lives are lost over the Falcon, an ancient and valuable decorative object.

The wealthy fat man Casper Gutman and his henchman Wilmer represent the evil antagonists. The plot is developed slowly. Brigid O'shaughnessy drops by Spades office to hire him to tail her supposed boy friend Floyd Thursby. Brigid is not forthcoming with her real name or the real reason for the job. Miles Archer, Sam's partner, agrees to tail Thursby.

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Later that evening, Spade receives a call saying that Miles had been killed. Spade becomes a suspect because of his affair with Iva Archer, Miles's wife. Iva actually thinks Sam killed Miles so they could be married.

Dundy, obviously at odds with Spade, is out to bury Sam. However, Spade does have friends in the department, most notably Tom Pohaus.

The more Sam tries to get information from Brigid, the more she puts him off. Enter Joel Cairo.

He tries to hire Spade to find a statue of a bird, which we discover is the Malttese falcon. Also, Sam is asked to meet with Gutman, who is also looking to get his hands on the statue. Spade finds out that the statue is a jewel encrusted gold statue of a falcon that has been painted with black enamel to disguise it's value. While the others are trying to use Spade as a pawn to get their hands on the valuable artifact, Sam uses his wits to insert himself into the mix to become a major player.

The game's afoot, and only the most cunning player will emerge victorious. Two more murders later, all the main players meet in Spade's apartment to see who will come away with the statue.

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The story takes place in San Francisco, which is a fairly large city. But Sam Spade shows the professionalism of his craft by knowing people wherever he goes. This is a classic from a bygone era, and one thing I noticed was that all the men wore hats. I doubt that there will ever be a novel that tops "The Maltese Falcon" in the detective genre. Israel Drazin Top Contributor: Children's Books.

Mass Market Paperback Verified download. After seeing the film version of this book by Dashiell Hammett and enjoying it very much, and knowing Dashiell Hammett to be a very good writer because I read other works by him, I decided to download the book and read it. I wondered if having seen the film and enjoying it a lot, I would not like the book.

I was very pleasantly surprised. I also liked the book a lot. I liked the writing style. It portrayed Sam Spade as a tough but feeling private investigator, just as Humphrey Bogart did in the film in one of his best muscular roles. The book, as the film, tells what the people did, not what they thought, and I found this enjoyable because I could use my imagination to read into the novel what the characters were thinking.

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The City — The buildings and streets in San Francisco have such a tangible presence, even today, after nearly years, they still give Maltese Falcon tours. Femme My top ten reasons why this Dashiell Hammett is one of the greatest crime novels ever written: 1. Her looks, her way of speaking, her cunning, her charms, her allurement— legions of writers of detective fiction have changed her name, her home town, color of her hair and eyes, but all you have to do is scratch the surface and there she is.

Outside the Law — Nobody likes a cog in the legal wheel or a grey flannel flunkey following orders. Sam Spade is anything but — an outsider to the police, district attorney and even his clients, Sammy is his own man, cracking the case in his own way, in his own time and even willing to get socked in the jaw by a police lieutenant or pulled in by a high ranking official to make it happen.

Tone — Sharp and crisp. When the last pocket had been turned out he returned to his own chair, rolled and lighted a cigarette, and began to examine his spoils. Admin Admin Admin, collapsed. Main navigation. Open search form. Search the Catalogue Website. Enter search query Clear Text.

Saved Searches Advanced Search. Search Catalogue Website. Average Rating: Rate this: Spade is dubious, but the pair take the case, and when both Archer and Thursby wind up in body bags within twenty-four hours, Spade realizes that there is far more to this case than Wonderly had let on. Sam Spade has long been considered the definitive example of a hard-boiled detective, and author Daishell Hammett effectively established the hard-boiled crime genre through his stories about detectives like Sam Spade and the hard-nosed Continental Op.

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Comment Add a Comment. One of the best detective novels of the 20th century. A classic--and the beginning of the hard-boiled detective genre. Quotes Add a Quote. Summary Add a Summary. FavouriteFiction Sep 30, Age Suitability Add Age Suitability.