The Maltese Falcon

by Dashiell Hammett

A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grifter named Joel Cairo, a fat man named Gutman, and Brigid O'Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett's coolly glittering gem of detective fiction.

The Maltese Falcon is Hammett's most famous work, and showcases Hammett's ability to weave a complex, twisting plot.

Year First Published:1930

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