85 Years Later, Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon” Continues to Delight

85 Years Later, Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon” Continues to Delight

A priceless Maltese falcon figurine is at the center of Dashiell Hammett’s seminal detective novel set in foggy San Francisco. The story opens with a mysterious woman named Miss Wonderly hiring private eye Sam Spade and his partner Miles Archer to follow Floyd Thursby, who supposedly eloped with her sister.

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