The Maltese Falcon (CRIME MASTERWORKS) Paperback – 21 Mar 2002
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THE MALTESE FALCON (1930) set the standard by which the private eye genre is judged. Sam Spade is hired by the fragrant Miss Wonderley to track down her sister, who has eloped with a louse called Floyd Thursby. But Miss Wonderley is in fact the beautiful and treacherous Brigid O'Shaughnessy, and when Spade's partner Miles Archer is shot while on Thursby's trail, Spade finds himself both hunter and hunted: can he track down the jewel-encrusted bird, a treasure worth killing for, before the Fat Man finds him?
About the Author
B.1894, d.1961. After spells as newsboy, freight clerk, labourer, messenger, stevedore and advertising manager, Hammett became an operative of the Pinkerton Detective Agency. His experiences as a private detective laid the foundation for his writing career.
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A detective is visited by an attractive client wanting a tail put on guy... and the night takes off from there. Double cross, lies, deception, seduction, pistols and the peculiar manner of one Sam Spade.
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...