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Sam Spade is hired by the fragrant Miss Wonderley to track down her sister who has eloped with a louse called Floyd Thursby But Miss Wonderley is My top ten reasons why this Dashiell Hammett is one of the greatest crime novels ever written1 The Voice – Tough Crisp hardboiled – the story isn’t told in first person but certainly has the feel of first person since we are so close to Sam Spade it’s as if we’re peering over the detective’s shoulder from first to last page2 The City – The buildings and streets in San Francisco have such a tangible presence even today after nearly 100 years they still give Maltese Falcon tours 3 Femme Fatale – Brigid O’Shaughnessy is the femme fatale Her looks her way of speaking her cunning her charms her allurement– legions of writers of detective fiction have changed her name her home town color of her hair and eyes but all you have to do is scratch the surface and there she is4 Outside the Law – Nobody likes a cog in the legal wheel or a grey flannel flunkey following orders Sam Spade is anything but – an outsider to the police district attorney and even his clients Sammy is his own man cracking the case in his own way in his own time and even willing to get socked in the jaw by a police lieutenant or pulled in by a high ranking official to make it happen 5 Tone – Sharp and crisp If you read and look carefully an entire world is disclosed as for example “Spade emptied the unconscious man’s pockets one by one working methodically moving the lax body when necessary making a pile of the pockets’ contents on the desk When the last pocket had been turned out he returned to his own chair rolled and lighted a cigarette and began to examine his spoils He examined them with grave unhurried thoroughness” 6 Violence – Nothing juices the action in a detective fiction than cold bloody murder An entire string of murders are featured here all happening at the right time to accelerate tempo Also there’s a good amount of roughhouse with the least likely man in the novel Joel Cairo getting beat up every time he turns around Serves him right for thinking himself so refined and above it all 7 The Color of Character – Dashiell Hammett set the gold standard here for writers of detective fiction “The fat man was flabbily fat with bulbous pink cheeks and lips and chins and neck with a great soft egg of a belly that was all his torso and pendant cones for arms and legs As he advanced to meet Spade all his bulbs rose and shook and fell separately with such step in the manner of clustered soap bubbles not yet released from the pipe through which they had been blown His eyes made small by fat puffs around them where dark and sleek Dark ringlets thinly covered his broad scalp He wore a back cutaway coat black vest black satin Ascot tie holding a pinkish pearl striped grey worsted trousers and patent leather shoes His voice was a throaty purr” 8 The Moral Code – As one character finds out the hard way Sam Spade is a man of the high uncompromising character You will have to read the novel to find out just how high and just how uncompromising 9 The Whole is Greater than the Parts – The Maltese Falcon has that special something that separates it from other crime fiction even crime fiction of the first order What is it Hard to put your finger on it but as millions of readers have discovered every time they pick it up this is one doozy of a classic 10 The Dingus – Ah yes the object of obsessive desire the bird with all those long lost jewels Has there ever been a famous actor closely connected with a famous object And yes in many ways the much sought after black bird adds a uniue aesthetic dimension to this tale of noir

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The Maltese FalconIn fact the beautiful and treacherous Brigid O'Shaughnessy and when Spade's partner Miles Archer is shot while on Thursby's trail Spade finds him 2012 re readSam Spade's partner is murdered and Sam is determined to find his killer But what does Miles Archer's murder have to do with the client he was working for or the mysterious Maltese FalconWhat can I say about one of the Big Two pulp detective novels the other being The Big Sleep Well let's seeThe Maltese Falcon embodies a lot of what made pulp detective fiction great leading to hordes of imitators You've got the wise cracking detective who has a way with the ladies gunplay deceit sex and murder Throw in an elusive macguffin and you have a blueprint a lot of writers have been following for over three uarters of a centurySam Spade that blonde Satan is the father of many detectives that came him In fact it would be interesting to see whether he or Raymond Chandler has bastard detective descendents The plot the Maltese Falcon is fairly simple Somebody has the Maltese Falcon and everyone seems to think Sam Spade knows where it is Miles Archer's murder complicates things a bit but really isn't much than a bump in the road until his killer is revealedThe bad guys and supporting cast are an interesting bunch Brigid O'Shaughnessy lays the groundwork for a lot of femme fatales to come Gutman Cairo and Wilmer are than just stock characters The cops were a little light on personality but they were mostly in the story to hassle Spade so that's not such of a big dealHammett's prose drives the plot along but lacks the poetry of Raymond Chandler's Seventeen years after I read The Maltese Falcon for the first time I have of an appreciation for Hammett's spare style The plot keeps moving forward without a single misstep It's only 200 ish pages but by the end it feels like the perfect length for such a taleAny complaints Not as such Modern readers will probably not like the book's treatment of women but it was written in the late 1920's so it has to be given a bit of slack Honestly my only complaints are that there aren't any Sam Spade books and that Dashielle Hammett wasn't Raymond ChandlerFor a parting thought this line of dialogue nicely sums up Sam Spade's characterWhen a man's partner is killed he's supposed to do something about it It doesn't make any difference what you thought of him

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reader Ê The Maltese Falcon ↠ Paperback read à dashiell hammett à ❴Read❵ ➳ The Maltese Falcon Author Dashiell Hammett – Sam Spade is hired by the fragrant Miss Wonderley to track down her sister who has eloped with a louse called Floyd ThurSelf both hunter and hunted can he track down the jewel encrusted bird a The Maltese PDF or treasure worth killing for before the Fat Man finds hi Everything seemed separated for the first sixty pages with no connection whatsoever But the story was full of suspense and unfolded with many surprises after that The plot was very captivating and seemed very realistic The main thread is 'Maltese Falcon' I'm not going to tell you what it is as it would be a spoiler and I hate to give spoilers around which everything revolves Its a good read and keeps you guessing till the lastHighly recommend