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The Maltese Falcon (Collectors Library) [Hardcover]

Dashiell Hammett
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1 Sep 2013 Collectors Library
Hammett's 1930 detective novel is widely regarded as the first and finest novel of the hard-boiled private detective. Sam Spade has a cold detachment, keen eye for detail and an unflinching determination to achieve his own justice. Regarded by many as the greatest crime novel of the 20th century, it has been ranked in the top 100 of English- language novels. The Maltese Falcon has been filmed several times, most famously by John Huston with Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade.

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Library (1 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909621064
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909621060
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 10 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a REAL private eye story. Same Spade is so alive. Loved it. And the film was made when actors were chosen for their skill not their box office apeal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mystery 5 Sep 2013
Format:Hardcover
It's somehow ironic that most of us know this great book mainly because we've seen the also great movie version of the story.

There are a number of departures from the book in the movie, which however terrific is a different experience from reading the text as Dashiell Hammet wrote it. The character of Sam Spade, for example, is presented differently from the now classic Bogie interpretation.

In Hammet's vision of Sam Spade, the private detective presents us with a hero whose crossing of lines, where staying within them violates his own personal code of ethics and his sense of justice, in order to get the job done and the crime solved is more starkly depicted, as is the character himself, who comes off as a more wolfish and in some ways less sympathetic rogue.

The same can be said for the other major characters, including Gutman, Joel Cairo and the beautiful but treacherous femme fatale.

I hasten to add that reading the book and then watching the movie did nothing to detract from either form, instead adding to the attractions of these both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maltese Falcon Feedback 4 July 2014
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Prompt delivery. Arrived in Excellent condition.Very pleased with purchase. Great value for money. No problems at all. A** Seller, recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'As good as the film' 21 April 2014
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Very impressive, smallish but high quality, hard cover book.
A classic in every sense, a great well written story, a little dated in parts though but that just adds to its charm in my opinion, excellent value but then I am a bit biased, I just love these old detective stories...
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a Dash 24 Mar 2013
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A book like this couldn't be published today by Big-Six (Five?) house. Four-and-a-half stars would be more accurate. Surprised though at Dash's many clunky similes.
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