Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Maltese Falcon

Author: Dashiell Hammett
Title: The Maltese Falcon
Number of Pages: 217
Publication Date: 1930
Genre: Detective Fiction
Synopsis: "This mystery novel, generally considered to be Dashiell Hammett's finest work, appeared in serial form in Black Mask magazine in 1929 and was published as a novel the following year. Some critics have said that the Biblical invocation "The love of money is the root of all evil" sums up Falcon's theme.

  Detective Sam Spade's partner Archer is hot on a case, and as his partner, Spade must find the killer. The investigation becomes enmeshed with a search for The Maltese Falcon, a statue rumored to be of "incalculable" value. Spade's life is endangered and he is nearly destroyed by what turns up."

While I enjoyed the reading The Maltese Falcon, I didn't much care for Sam Spade. Why? Because he came across as a bit of a... well a man-ho. Although Sam also reminded me of the character Jake Hunter from the Jake Hunter Detective Chronicles (DS game). The only character that I even remotely liked was Effie Perine.
 Mystery wise it was fairly suspenseful and had I not already seen the 1940's version of the movie staring Humphrey Bogart it probably would have been any harder to figure out where each of the characters stood in relation to the plotline.
 The Maltese Falcon was good, but nearly as good as reading an Agatha Christie mystery.

I know this was a short review, but I really couldn't think of anything else to say about The Maltese Falcon.

The Maltese Falcon gets 4 out of 5 pineapples.

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