The Maltese Falcon Author:Dashiell Hammett Sam Spade was looking for a black statue of a bird about one foot high and worth, conservatively, one million bucks. — He wasn't the only one looking. Three men had already died in the search, including his partner. Murder was in the air, with five chief candidates: — Brigid O'shaughnessy, who'd come from the Orient and knew where the statue was. ... more »She hired Spade. And then took him to bed to stop his questions.
Joel Cairo, an effeminate Levantine who claimed to represent the rightful owner. He hired Spade, too.
Wilmer, the baby-faced gunman who kicked Sam Spade in the head after he had been fed knockout drops.
Casper Gutman, the ruthless fat man who had spent seventeen years trying to get the Maltese Falson.