Michael's Reviews > Spade & Archer: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon

Spade & Archer by Joe Gores
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Apr 16, 10

Read from March 29 to April 16, 2010

For Dashiell Hammet fans, this was a satisfying read. The author did a good job of creating the period mood for this book set in San Francisco in the 1920's. It read like I was watching an old Humprey Bogart,Sam Spade movie complete with authentic dialogue and characters. The story covers the early years of Spade's P.I. carreer in starting his own agency and eventually bringing Miles Lord on as his Partner, leaving off just before the Maltese Falcon caper is about to begin. All that being said, it is rather simplistic by today's standard of mystery/crime writing. Spade seems to be all knowing and reaches conclusions about things with almost no evidence and the characters are very superficially drawn. But, if you enjoy watching those old movies for nostalgia, this book will be just the thing.
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