Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
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A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.
 

About Dashiell Hammett

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Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, screenplay writer, and political activist. He created enduring characters including Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse).
 
Published December 29, 2010 by Vintage. 226 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, History, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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The bigger mystery is why the man behind all these malefactions seems so easily discouraged the first time he tries to kill Spade (seven or eight years seems like a long time to permit your nemesis to go around thwarting you), but if he’d gotten down to business, “Spade & Archer” wouldn’t outbulk...

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The Guardian

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Spade is hired by a beautiful, mysterious young woman, with a variety of pseudonyms and a breathless way of speaking, to trail someone called Floyd, so paranoid that he always sleeps with crumpled newspaper round his bed to hear who's sneaking up on him.

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Publishers Weekly

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When a damsel in distress steps into Sam Spade's office spinning a yarn of a kidnapped sister and shady older man, Spade is doubtful but intrigued.

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Pajiba

Spade is given a rather difficult choice at the end, too, even though I still wondered if he would have taken the money if the Maltese falcon had turned out to be real.

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Brothers Judd

In a typical half-way step, the critics were honest enough to put it .

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Bookmarks Magazine

A three-time Edgar Award winner and author of the out-of-print historical novel Hammett, Joe Gores turns back the pages on the quintessential detective yarn, The Maltese Falcon, and the character that epitomizes "hard boiled": Sam Spade.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

I read and watched The Thin Man for my books into movies book group and mostly enjoyed the book.

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Carol's Notebook

Soon Spade is being pressed from all sides by buxom broads with more secrets than the CIA, a shady Turk who believes that Spade is in possession of a rare antiquity, the Maltese Falcon, and various and sundry hoods and hooligans.

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Avid Mystery Reader

I have read all of the Ross McDonald books, all of the Raymond Chandler books, but for some reason, I never read any of the Dashiell Hammett books.

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Noir Whale

She has obviously seen some signs of a serious relationship between them, yet Sam dismisses all of it as “silly.” The reader gets the subtext that Effie herself is interested in Sam (why else would she be asking?), and then it becomes more apparent when she calls Iva a “louse” and says she’s jeal...

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Noir Whale

Sam is furious because he wants her to buy him with her body, but he hates her for it.

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