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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 is the complete review as it appears (http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-maltese-falcon-by-dashiell-hammett. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Amazon Customer
One can see see, vividly, the characters based on the author's excellent descriptions. This is missing with many of today's writers.Published 5 days ago by Ronald L. Gratz
This mystery novel was written in the late 1920s. One can see a different style of writing than that of more modern novelists. Read morePublished 5 days ago by James Dainis
Classic gum shoe novel. A little corny by today's standards, but a fun read.Published 12 days ago by Joseph E Pitoniak
The "Maltese Falcon" is my favorite movie, but I've never read the book. I have read 2 other Hammett novels, and he is a versatile writer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CJA