Spade & Archer

Spade & Archer

The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon

Book - 2010
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Random House, Inc.
A wonderfully dark, pitch-perfect noir prequel to The Maltese Falcon, featuring Dashiell Hammett’s beloved detective, Sam Spade.
 
It’s 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.  He spends the next few years dealing with booze runners, waterfront thugs, banking swindlers, gold smugglers, and bumbling cops. He brings in Miles Archer as a partner to help bolster the agency, though it was Archer who stole his girl while he was fighting in World War I. All along, Spade will tangle with an enigmatic villain who holds a long-standing grudge against Spade. And, of course, he’ll fall in love—though it won’t turn out for the best. It never does with dames.

Publisher: Random House Inc 2010
ISBN: 9780307277060
0307277062
Branch Call Number: On Order
Characteristics: 337 p.

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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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