The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

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One of the greatest crime novels of the 20th century.

'His name remains one of the most important and recognisable in the crime fiction genre. Hammett set the standard for much of the work that would follow' Independent

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?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 133 x 200 x 17mm | 200g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752865331
  • 9780752865331
  • 4,642

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Dashiell Hammett's crime thriller and its hard-boiled hero Sam Spade influenced everyone from Chandler to Le Carré ... The Maltese Falcon is the Hammett novel that jumps from the pages of its genre and into literature GUARDIAN
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The first fully "hard-boiled" hero in American letters * NEW YORKER * He is master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer * BOSTON GLOBE * He put these people down on paper as they are, and he made them talk and think in the language they customarily used -- Raymond Chandler The dean of the school of hard-boiled fiction * NEW YORK TIMES * One of the foremost practitioners of the hard-boiled detective story * THE SCOTSMAN * His name remains one of the most important and recognisable in the crime fiction genre. Hammett set the standard for much of the work that would follow * INDEPENDENT * Dashiell Hammett's crime thriller and its hard-boiled hero Sam Spade influenced everyone from Chandler to Le Carre ... The Maltese Falcon is the Hammett novel that jumps from the pages of its genre and into literature * GUARDIAN *
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About Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) was born in Maryland and worked in a number of menial jobs until he became an operative for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. His experiences as a private detective laid the foundations for his writing career. His work includes RED HARVEST, THE MALTESE FALCON, THE GLASS KEY, THE THIN MAN and some eighty short stories, mostly published in Black Mask magazine.
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68,795 ratings
3.91 out of 5 stars
5 31% (21,503)
4 38% (26,249)
3 24% (16,175)
2 5% (3,719)
1 2% (1,149)
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