The Maltese Falcon
Sam talks in a matter-of-fact voice, devoid of emphasis. He prefers not to carry a gun, but he can fake in...more
Rating: 3.5* of five, because I love the movie more
The Publisher Says: Sam Spade, Dashiell Hammett's archetypally tough San Francisco detective, is morenoirthanL.A. Confidentialand more vulnerable than Raymond Chandler's Marlowe. InThe Maltese Falcon, the best known of Hammett's Sam Spade novels (includingThe Dain CurseandThe Glass Key), Spade is tough enough to bluff the toughest thugs and hold off the police, risking his reputation when a beautiful woman begs for his help,...more
“When you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it”
Sam Spade (played by the legendary Humphrey Bogart) bitch-slapping the manhood out of Joel Cairo (played by Peter Lorre)….and telling him to shut up and take it!! Do I really need to continue the review after that? That is perfection. However, for those tough sells I will continue with my “Why is this book Awesome” thesis.
First, this story IS NOIR. Now there are a lot of wonderful noirs out there, many o...more
Sam 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 Falcon?
What can I say about one of the Big Two pulp detective novels, the other being The Big Sleep? Well, let's see...
The 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, gunpl...more
Let's be honest, you probably have. But luckily this is no ordinary dame. And the office belongs to no ordinary detective. They are Miss Wonderly (not her only name, by the way) and Sam Spade, the mold by which all hard-boiled fast-talking slang-laden detective stories are made. The Maltese Falcon chronicles their shared adventures chasing a valuable, bejeweled falcon statuette that's been stolen and br...more
Fortunately we're talking about books, not films, and all respect to Humphrey Bogart but Hammett's Sam Spade is an oaf. A lumbering buffoon of a detective who seems to be...more
I'd seen the movie, so I did picture Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade early in the book, but the rest of the characters were described so well by Dashiell Hammett. Each scene you could feel the late night tension of the situations, despite Sp...more
Jan09, I'm reading it again with an entirely new appreciation of it. The story line was great. It's a mystery with a tough PI in it. He's a tough, but flawed man, which makes the story...more
Sam Spade is drawn into a mystery when he's hired by a client but is invariably kept in the dark by all the principle characters involved who all suspect that he knows more than he does. Spade needs to get wise, work out what's going on and who he can trust, if anyone.
I got the feeling, when readi...more
But I gotta give Dashiell Hammett credit. That man could write. And I now kn...more
Hammett and Chandler are often spoken as together forming classic noir, and I read that Chandler's Philip Marlowe was inspired by Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon being...more
Spade, for example, is an asshole. There is no part of him that is anything but. He sleeps with married women, whores himself around, and in general acts like a prick to everyone he comes in contact with, even a detective friend of his. It seems silly that he would have...more
Originally serialized in five parts in Black Mask magazine from September 1929 to January 1...more
This one's a gem. Calculating, ruthless, cool, suave, subtle, arithmetic, sexy, dark, breathless, detached, cool, slightly paranoid, slightly chivalrous, slightly drunk.
Did I mention it was cool?
O and, like, Sam Spade's a great character too.
Nothing like a little economy to keep a story's tension fraught. I'm a sucker for sharp sentences and utter crystallinity in prose settings and this one is rife with both.
A classic, trendsetter for a reason. It's bloody good.
And sam spade has got to be one o...more
I don't know about anyone else, but I found this story rather comedic. A bunch of incompetent ne'er-do-wells chasing each other all over town and every once in awhile somebody gets bumped...more
The plot doesn’t make too much sense – lots of double crossing and shooting and such, and I didn’t really care m...more
A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.Amazon.com Review
Sam Spade, Dashiell Hammett's archetypally tough San Franc
Raymond Chandler could write circles around Dashiell Hammett, and it shows. Chandler's novels ooze with style, with flavor, with voice, with period details and noir delight, but this guy, famous though it is, feels like a stripped down version of all that. Sure the plot is there, the femme fatale, the double-crossing and innuendo, the wise-c...more
Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hardboiled detective novels and short stories. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse). In addition to the significant influence his nove...more
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'We believed your two hundred dollars.'
'You mean --' She seemed not to know what he meant.
'I mean that you paid us more than if you'd been telling the truth,' he explained blandly, 'and enough more to make it all right.”