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The Maltese Falcon (The Best Mysteries of All Time)
The Maltese Falcon - The Best Mysteries of All Time
Author: Dashiell Hammett
The Maltese Falcon is considered Dashiell Hammett's finest novel. The story introduces detective Sam Spade, a man of few words who displays little emotion. Hired by a woman - Miss Wonderly - to locate her sister, Spade gives the assignment to his partner Miles Archer. Archer tails the missing sister's companion, and within a single evening both ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780762188673
ISBN-10: 0762188677
Publication Date: 10/2001
Pages: 271
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3.8 stars, based on 3 ratings
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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This is the first Dashiell Hammett book I've read and I was hooked instantly. If you are into a good mystery and noir crime this is for you. He's a wonderful writer and the characters are great!

I'm from the San Francisco area so it's a lot of fun to read about all these places that are so close by. If you get a chance and you're a fan, you should take the Dashiell Hammett tour of S.F. Find more info here: http://www.donherron.com/tour
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What a good book! If you've seen the movie it will be hard to get Bogart out of your mind, but if you focus you can do it. The writing is so original and witty, and it sent me to the dictionary more than once! I recommend it!
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One of the classics. Sam Spade and his cohorts are almost taken in by a beautiful woman. Book said to be one of the best detective novels written.
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Classic detective fiction featuring Sam Spade.
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Very carefully plotted tale of double-crossing, intrigue, violence, and hope of riches. A long, hard look at the seedy underside of life. It's one of those books that you simply must read if you're a fan of the detective genre. Just be aware that none of the characters are particularly sympathetic (everyone is described in very vivid and negative terms, including Sam Spade) and Spade's "solitary code of ethics" are more likely to get him called a heartless bastard than a hero.
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A classic! One of the best. If you like the movie you will love the book!

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Sam Spade, private eye (Primary Character)
Joel Cairo (Major Character)
Brigid O'Shaughnessy (Major Character)

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