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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.
Sam Spade is a smarmy adulterer with no concern for anyone other than himself. In other words, he is a private detective. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Samantha Glasser
I can see why this book is so highly rated as one of the all time best mystery novel. It has so many twists and turns that it keeps you captivated till the very end.Published 19 days ago by JoMarie Lyons
Sam Spade is a jerk. The fact that everyone else in the story is also a jerk doesn’t really make him a hero. And reading a story composed of jerks is not my idea of a good time. Read morePublished 21 days ago by David
the first time I read the Maltese falcon I kept leaping ahead to savor the brilliant dialogue I loved from the Huston-Bogart film. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Richard L. Snell II
I've seen the movie - and loved the book !! Great character development with lots of "backstory" with each character. Wonderful read...Published 23 days ago by David Murray
Loved Hammett's characters' physical delineations & his helplessness around women . Gutman's daughter didn't seem to serve much purpose . Loved ending w Iva. Spade deserved her!Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a well-written book of realistic school with good detailed Descriptionof characters and scenes. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary M. Kraus
Dashiell Hammet is a great mystery writer. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommended it. It makes a great readPublished 1 month ago by Cris Tirado