Sam Spade

Sam Spade
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Sam Spade, is as gray as the economic skies over America and moves through the story as cool and slick as a Teflon cat. -Stephen Sullivan, 2011

Sam Spade is the protagonist in Dashiell Hammett's novel The Maltese Falcon (1930) and the various films and adaptations based on it, as well as in A Man Called Spade and Other Stories by Hammett.

Hammett says about him:
Spade has no original. He is a dream man in the sense that he is what most of the private detectives I worked with would like to have been and in their cockier moments thought they approached. For your private detective does not — or did not ten years ago when he was my colleague — want to be an erudite solver of riddles in the Sherlock Holmes manner; he wants to be a hard and shifty fellow, able to take care of himself in any situation, able to get the best of anybody he comes in contact with, whether criminal, innocent by-stander or client.
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The Maltese Falcon
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 48,930 ratings — published 1930
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Nightmare Town
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,206 ratings — published 1948
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The Maltese Falcon, The Thi...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 1,119 ratings — published 2000
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Spade & Archer: The Prequel...
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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 733 ratings — published 2009
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The Adventures of Sam Spade...
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 111 ratings — published 1944
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The Four Great Novels: Red ...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 1930
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