Book Review: The Maltese Falcon

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Author: Dashiell Hammett

This novel follows private detective Sam Spade as he investigates the murder of his partner, Miles Archer. The case leads him to the beautiful and mysterious Brigid O’Shaughnessy, who is in possession of a valuable jewel-encrusted statue known as the Maltese Falcon. Spade’s investigation takes him through the seedy underworld of San Francisco, and ultimately to a confrontation with the novel’s villain, the ruthless Casper Gutman.

The Maltese Falcon is a classic example of a noir novel, but it is not without its flaws. The plot is twisty and full of surprises, but it is also difficult to follow at times. The characters are rich and textured, but they are also often unlikeable. Both the protaganist Sam Spade and the antagonist Casper Gutman are entirely unrelatable characters. The writing is taut and atmospheric, but it is also sometimes choppy and difficult to read. Overall, the book is a fascinating read, but it is not perfect.

Personal rating: ★★★☆☆

Posted on 2022-05-16