The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

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The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett was first published in 1929. I loved this one although I must admit that I love the film even more, it’s the Humphrey Bogart aspect of course, he’s brilliant as Sam Spade. I suspect that everyone knows the tale.

Miss Wonderly (tall and pliantly slender without angularity anywhere) visits the office that Sam Spade shares with his partner Miles Archer. She wants Spade to track down Floyd Thursby, the man who has run off with her younger sister. Archer gets the job of tailing Thursby. It doesn’t end well for either of them.

I love Hammett’s writing style. He puts so much detail in, every movement is mapped. His books must have been a dream to adapt to film. You can see the original film trailer below.

6 thoughts on “The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

  1. “He’s as fast on the draw… as he is in the drawing room.”
    Golly!
    Yes, I must pull it from my crime & mystery shelf and add it to the teetering TBR pile.

  2. I loved this one too and like you felt it pretty much did the director’s work for him! It’s impossible to read it without seeing the actors in your head, isn’t it?

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