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THE MALTESE FALCON

Hammett, Dashiell

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ISBN 10: 1883402158 / ISBN 13: 9781883402150
Published by Otto Penzler Books, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Facsimile edition of the 1930 Alfred A. Knopf edition. Book was shrink wrapped until we listed it. 267 pages in excellent condition. Grey hardcovers with green falcon on the front cover, white titles and black/green decoration on the spine. Corners not bumped. Illustrated, yellow DJ with black titles. Shows very light wear. Original $2.00 price on the front flap. FINE/NEAR FINE. Bookseller Inventory # 215147

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Title: THE MALTESE FALCON

Publisher: Otto Penzler Books

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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A facsimile reprint of this work's first edition features a mystery that introduces the immortal Sam Spade and a cast of characters that includes the amoral vamp Brigid O'Shaughnessy and the sinister fat man Caspar Gutman.

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Sam Spade, Dashiell Hammett's archetypally tough San Francisco detective, is more noir than L.A. Confidential and more vulnerable than Raymond Chandler's Marlowe. In The Maltese Falcon, the best known of Hammett's Sam Spade novels (including The Dain Curse and The Glass Key), Spade is tough enough to bluff the toughest thugs and hold off the police, risking his reputation when a beautiful woman begs for his help, while knowing that betrayal may deal him a new hand in the next moment.

Spade's partner is murdered on a stakeout; the cops blame him for the killing; a beautiful redhead with a heartbreaking story appears and disappears; grotesque villains demand a payoff he can't provide; and everyone wants a fabulously valuable gold statuette of a falcon, created as tribute for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Who has it? And what will it take to get it back? Spade's solution is as complicated as the motives of the seekers assembled in his hotel room, but the truth can be a cold comfort indeed.

Spade is bigger (and blonder) in the book than in the movie, and his Mephistophelean countenance is by turns seductive and volcanic. Sam knows how to fight, whom to call, how to rifle drawers and secrets without leaving a trace, and just the right way to call a woman "Angel" and convince her that she is. He is the quintessence of intelligent cool, with a wise guy's perfect pitch. If you only know the movie, read the book. If you're riveted by Chinatown or wonder where Robert B. Parker's Spenser gets his comebacks, read the master. --Barbara Schlieper

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