The list author says: "When Dashiell Hammett wrote The Maltese Falcon and created Sam Spade, he had no way of knowing his detective would become one of the most popular fictional characters ever created, a hit in novels and short stories, on the radio, and even in comic books--not to mention the thousands of clones of Sam Spade created by writers all over the world. Here is a guide to Spade's adventures, plus nonfiction books that tell you more about Sam Spade."
"Dashiell Hammett created Sam Spade for his novel The Maltese Falcon. It is one of the best detective novels ever written--many people say THE best ever. If you want to know Spade, start with this suspenseful, entertaining gem."
"Where did Sam Spade come from? How did he get so hardboiled? Why did he call his partner Miles Archer "a son of a bitch"? How did he meet his secretary Effie? What's the story behind Spade's affair with Archer's wife Iva? 3-time Edgar Award-winner (and former SF detective) Gores wondered. His dream project was to write this fast-paced, fun prequel. To enjoy it fully, read The Maltese Falcon first."
"After the success of The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett wrote 3 Sam Spade short stories. This anthology collects all 3 Spade stories, plus 17 other Hammett stories. Hammett biographer William F. Nolan contributes an introduction."
"Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: "A treasure beyond price for fans of both the classic Hammett novel and the three (that's right, three) film versions of the doomed quest for a black bird. An incredible amalgam of photos, memos, letters, reviews, whatever, this will make fans of the book or the film gasp as one unexpected delight succeeds another. With this book, wonders really do never cease.""
"Herron has conducted his Dashiell Hammett Tour of San Francisco since 1977. His book gives a breezy, fact-packed tour of surviving places Hammett lived, worked, and wrote about, including the majority of locations in The Maltese Falcon: Sam Spade's office, Sam Spade's apartment, restaurants where Spade ate, etc. Great fun. Includes intro by Charles Willeford, preface by Hammett's daughter Jo."
"For 5 years, The Adventures of Sam Spade was the top-rated radio detective series, even while it battled network censors and the blacklist to stay on the air. This book recounts the surprising history of the Sam Spade series, its stars, and its writers, plus summaries of all episodes and a script for one episode."
"245 episodes of the radio show The Adventures of Sam Spade were broadcast, but recordings survive of fewer than 70. Fortunately, scripts exist for some missing episodes. This book provides scripts for 13 lost episodes, including the Sam Spade series premiere."