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Spade's partner is murdered on a stakeout; the cops blame him for the killing; a beautiful redhead with a heartbreaking story appears and disappears; grotesque villains demand a payoff he can't provide; and everyone wants a fabulously valuable gold statuette of a falcon, created as tribute for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Who has it? And what will it take to get it back? Spade's solution is as complicated as the motives of the seekers assembled in his hotel room, but the truth can be a cold comfort indeed.
Spade is bigger (and blonder) in the book than in the movie, and his Mephistophelean countenance is by turns seductive and volcanic. Sam knows how to fight, whom to call, how to rifle drawers and secrets without leaving a trace, and just the right way to call a woman "Angel" and convince her that she is. He is the quintessence of intelligent cool, with a wise guy's perfect pitch. If you only know the movie, read the book. If you're riveted by Chinatown or wonder where Robert B. Parker's Spenser gets his comebacks, read the master. --Barbara Schlieper --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
The Maltese Falcon is a good read, recommended for everyone. I first read it years and years ago and ranked the storytelling among the best. The author is a star. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you saw the movie [and enjoyed it] then you should read the book. The language is dated of course but it is still an enjoyable read for a book of its time period.Published 4 days ago by John J. Petry
The Maltese Falcon, written by Dashiell Hammett is a detective novel, involving a hard boiled private investigator working to solve a murder case. Read morePublished 6 days ago by CBE
Seller was wonderful and the book was exactly as described -- also, it was a great read.Published 13 days ago by Stacey Kluge
Still a great mystery. It's odd and funny to see how Hammett portrays women. The men have depth of character, but the women are one sided.Published 15 days ago by Julia
Must enjoy old detective novels to enjoy this. I wasn't a big fan, but was written well.Published 24 days ago by Rachel G.
This classic noir adapted faithfully for the movie. Assuming film was your cup of tea, the book will not disappoint. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Con Brio