I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys detective stories. We meet a small detective business - 3 people work there and are immediately brought into the mystery involving a beautiful woman. Full of twist turns deception and manipulation Sam Spade has to figure out what happened and how he is going to save himself from being arrested. This book is a classic and one that I personally am glad I got to read. Great book wont disappoint....Continua
A pesar de que empiezo los libros de Hammett con muchas ganas, cuando los termino me siento algo decepcionada. Con El halcón maltés me ha pasado exactamente lo mismo. Ha sido una lectura entretenida, pero no me volvería loca recomendándolo. :(...Continua
"All we've got is the fact that maybe you love me and maybe I love you."
"You know whether you do or not."
"I don't. It's easy enough to be nuts about you."
I've loved this movie for years and it was great to read the book it was based on. It's always interesting to see how writing the 30s and 40s was a lot less scrutinized than Hollywood. Not only did they come right out and say that Cairo was gay in the book but he was also in love/lust with the kid who did all the killings. They also explicitly said how Sam and Bridget slept together, and the very unromantic reasons for doing so. In fact if there seemed to be any true romance with Sam in this book it seemed to be with the secretary. Bridget he admired for her ruthlessness but only at the very end did it seem like he might love her. The other great moment was when Sam and Bridget were having a midnight meal, he put his tablecloth on the table before they ate, cause back then even hard boiled detectives used tablecloths!
I liked how Sam wasn't really a tough guy, he was tall and a looked, I loved the description of him as a "blonde satan" but he wasn't even a hard drinker compared with most pulp novels. He got away with everything by just out thinking the police and criminals around him.
All told the book was very enjoyable. I really love every novel of Hammet's that I've read so far and am going to hunt down all that I can find by him....Continua
THey say this is the father of all the "hard-boiled" detectives we now have: well, it is hard-boiled alright, and it would seem that in eighty years his descendants have not gone terribly far from here! A great read, and a very convoluted, gripping story, set in splendid San Francisco....Continua