Spade & Archer

Spade & Archer

The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon

Book - 2010
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It was 1921 - seven years before Sam Spade will solve the famous case of the Maltese Falcon. He's just set up his own agency in San Francisco and he gets off to a quick start, working cases (he doesn't do domestic) and hiring a bright young secretary named Effie Perrine. When he's hired by a prominent San Francisco banker to find his missing son, Spade gets the break he's been looking for.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 2010
Edition: First Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780307277060
0307277062
Branch Call Number: Mystery Gores
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Hammett, Dashiell 1894-1961 Maltese falcon
Alternative Title: Spade and Archer

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voisjoe1_0
Dec 15, 2015

A few years ago, this novel was suggested by an associate so I finally picked it up and started reading it. It fits nicely to The Maltese Falcon, one of my favorite films. Five of the characters are in both works, so I just pictured the characters as the actors in the film while reading the book. I got a kick out of reading dialogue that is similar to the film. The last line of the book leads to the beginning scenes of The Maltese Falcon.

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petebaldry
Oct 05, 2010

I really enjoyed this book for holding true to it's classic detective style. Well written and would very much like to see (or read) more from this author in this vein.

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JLMason
Jan 09, 2010

A valiant effort, but it's just not Hammett. Makes you appreciate Hammett's gift all the more.

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