The Maltese Falcon
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The Maltese Falcon
Dashiell Hammett
Mystery & Suspense
Aug 23, 2018
Dashiell Hammett is largely credited with the invention of the modern hard-boiled detective novel, wherein a crime is a crime, rather than a peripheral plot device, and a private detective is a tough-talking guy who solves it for cash. The Maltese Falcon is Hammett’s best work, not least because its protagonist is the now-archetypal private eye, Sam Spade. Hired by a femme fatale under false pretenses—Brigid O’Shaughnessy initially claims to be a Miss Wonderly, searching for her missing sister—Spade eventually learns that what she’s really after is a precious statuette of a falcon, said to be gold and jewel encrusted under its nondescript surface. By the time he discovers this, however, his partner, Archer, and the man Archer was tailing at Miss Wonderly’s behest are both dead, and Spade is suspected of killing them.
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Nov 28, 2018
Can't remember
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Dec 2, 2018
Still my favorite hard-boiled.
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this and the Thin Man are some of the best detective stories, only challenged by Nero Wolfe
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Apr 13
The quintessential, American hard-boiled crime story.
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