Maltese Falcon, The

Dashiell Hammett
A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O’Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett’s coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.


Reviewed: 2021-05-07

First Printing 1930 in facsimile jacket. Nice clean copy overall despite some defects: mild lean of spine, soiling of spine, neat writing to front and back of book. Book otherwise internally unblemished.

One of the first and most influential detective/noir movies, with Sam Spade character given just due with Bogart portrayal.

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