Spade & Archer

Spade & Archer

Book - 2009
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A gritty, pitch-perfect noir novel, "Spade & Archer" is the authorized prequel to Dashiell Hammett's classic, "The Maltese Falcon." In 1921, P.I. Sam Spade tangles with a villain who's planned what he thinks is the perfect crime. And he'll fall in love--though it won't turn out for the best.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307264640
Characteristics: 337 p. ; 22 cm

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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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