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The Maltese Falcon

4 Ratings: 4.3
A book by Dashiell Hammett

Sam Spade, Dashiell Hammett's archetypally tough San Francisco detective, is morenoirthanL.A. Confidentialand more vulnerable than Raymond Chandler's Marlowe. InThe Maltese Falcon, the best known of Hammett's Sam Spade novels (includingThe … see full wiki

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Author: Dashiell Hammett
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Vintage
2 reviews about The Maltese Falcon
review by . December 04, 2005
I saw the undisputed film-noir masterpiece, "The Maltese Falcon", a few years ago. Soon after, I bought Dashiell Hammett's novel and then forgot about it. Every few months I'd think about reading it, but I'd heard it was exactly like the movie. Why read the book if it's word-for-word like the film?    Well, the book isn't word-for-word like the film, though the movie was fairly faithful to the book. Like the film, "The Maltese Falcon" follows Sam Spade as he races to recover …
review by . November 29, 2002
Maybe the movie spoiled the freshness of this book for me. Throughout the tale I couldn't shake the voices of Bogart and Lorre and Sidney Greenstreet . . . or the images of them elaborately dancing around one another, in search of the mysterious statuette. Although the book had more detail and events than the film (including allusions to homosexuality and some outright lovemaking between Sam Spade and the mysterious woman from Hong Kong), the screenplay did catch quite a bit of this noirish quest …
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