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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
Unsettling and haunting. Spade is an amazing character -- strangely vulnerable in spite of the tough guy routine. Satisfying as a thriller but also as a meditation on existence.Published 10 hours ago by Alice
Old time story. Kind of refreshing after some of the new stuff. Enjoyed it !Published 23 hours ago by Chumbo
Now this is probably the definition of Noire Crime Drama. It has the detective, the dame, the scandal, the mobsters, the coppers.
Well, no wonder why. Read more
You can tell Mr. Hammett was a detective. The story is filled with terms used by detectives.Published 10 days ago by Don Thomas
Length: 8 hours (7 hour 59 min's) or 226 pages.
This is a book best read while also listening to. Read more