The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon

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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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 14th August 2014

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781471917684

Reviews

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
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
One of the foremost practitioners of the hard-boiled detective story
THE SCOTSMAN
The dean of the school of hard-boiled fiction
NEW YORK TIMES
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
He is master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer
BOSTON GLOBE
The first fully "hard-boiled" hero in American letters
NEW YORKER