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The Maltese falcon

The Maltese falcon

Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961

'The Maltese Falcon' set the standard by which the private eye genre is judged. Sam Spade is hired by the fragrant Miss Wonderley to track down her sister, but ends up finding himself both hunter and hunted

Paperback, Book. English. Detective and mystery stories.
Published London: Orion, 2005
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Statement of responsibility: Dashiell Hammett
ISBN: 0752865331, 9780752865331
Note: Originally published: London: Cassell, 1930.
Physical Description: 213 p. ; 20 cm.
Subject: Spade, Sam (Fictitious character) Fiction.; Private investigators United States Fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 6
Interest Level: UY
Points: 11
Quiz Number: 202304

Author note

Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) was born in Maryland and worked in a number of menial jobs until he became an operative for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. His experiences as a private detective laid the foundations for his writing career. His work includes Red Harvest, The Maltese Falcon, The Glass Key, The Thin Man and some eighty short stories, mostly published in Black Mask magazine.