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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
A famous novel, made into an even more famous movie. But the novel is terrible.Published 3 days ago by Billy Bear
I've seen the movie, but the book is better. REALLY enjoyed reading this; will probably add it to my list of "books good enough to read over".Published 15 days ago by L. Gilbow
no wonder it was made into a movie; DH's style could almost be the script for the movie. Not being a crime fan, I found it off-putting.Published 16 days ago by LAB
Reads like a soap. It was interesting, although I figured out the girl killed miles by the second paragraph after she was introduced. Somewhat predictable.Published 20 days ago by hummer2b
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett is a modern classic. It is also the very beginnings of pulp and noir. The writing is tight, concise, and well paced. Read morePublished 28 days ago by RJ Stokely