Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon, first serialized in a magazine in 1930, is best known through the iconic Humphrey Bogart film of 1941. But it was the book that created the classic "noir" genre with its tough private detective threading his cool way between the criminals and the law. Sam Spade, the private eye solving the mystery of the Maltese statuette, was the template for Philip Marlowe and a host of others. But they come no more shrewd and cunning with Hammett peppering the text with one-liners. Not even Bogart bettered the original. An idiomatic new recording from Eric Meyers.
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superb story. very well and entertaining read
The myth of the Maltese Falcon -or of love?
Yes this was definitely time well spent. I eally enjoyed this on several long walks and whilst doing chores, it's a great way to lose yourself in a book and get things done!
This was my first Dashiell Hammett book. Although I enjoyed it I don't think I would read another.
No the story was perfectly well contained and entire in itself.
I thought the Maltese Falcon, the idea of impossible wealth in the form of a jewelled bird worth millions that all the characters were obsessed by, was like the ideal of Romantic Love as personified by Bridget O'Shaughnessy in the story. At the end Sam Spade discovered them both to be fakes.