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The Maltese Falcon (1930)

por Dashiell Hammett

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A treasure worth killing for Sam Spade, a slightly shop-worn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics, a perfumed grifter named Joel Cairo, a fat man named Gutman, and Brigid O'Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett's coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.… (mais)
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The scene is San Francisco at a time just before the Great Depression. When the beautiful Miss Wonderly walks into the private detective agency he and his partner share, Sam Spade’s life soon gets more interesting and whole lot more complicated. Following up on the young woman’s request to find her missing sister results in the deaths of two people, including Spade’s partner, and Spade himself is quickly implicated in the murders. However, the lady’s story is a ruse, as her real purpose in hiring Spade is to help her secure possession a priceless artifact—a jewel-encrusted statue of a falcon--that has changed hands many, many times over the past few centuries. Unraveling the mystery puts Sam in constant danger from a dizzying array of high-level crooks and fortune seekers, low-level hoodlums, clueless law enforcement officials, and the duplicitous femme fatale herself. How he navigates those dangerous waters is what drives the story to its satisfying conclusion.

As a matter of course, I don’t spend a lot of time with noir-ish crime fiction, although I have read some great examples of the genre by writers such as Raymond Chandler and Graham Greene. That is worth noting because I found The Maltese Falcon to be the best of what I have encountered in this area so far. To me, the novel had everything that I would have hoped for: a hardboiled hero who plays by his own rules, a mysterious love interest who may or may not be trustworthy, an assortment of compelling supporting characters, a clever plot that moves along nicely, engaging dialogue that places the reader squarely in a bygone era, and, in the bird statue itself, one of the greatest objects of misdirection to be found in literature. And, make no mistake, this book does rise to the level of being called literature; in fact, it even rates a place on Modern Library’s list of the 100 Best Novels (#56, to be exact). After reading it, I cannot really argue with that assessment. ( )
  browner56 | Jun 8, 2021 |
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  1stFriday-McKinney | Jun 4, 2021 |
I wasn't expecting this to be bad - after all, it's only the most famous noir novel of all time - but I really wasn't expecting it to be this good. It's got an intriguing MacGuffin, the archetypal femme fatale, loads of interesting minor characters, a good plot, great writing, and although the protagonist is maybe a little too much of a badass to be plausible (whatever plausibility is worth in a noir novel), he's definitely a badass. I've seen some of the film version and liked it, I definitely need to go back and watch the whole thing, even if only to see how they handled the final scene, which is a masterpiece of psychological move and countermove. I know Hammett's other novels aren't as highly regarded as this, and I can't say I'm going to rush out and pursue them, but this book is one of the greatest examples of how to really use the "show, don't tell" rule well. Deserves every bit of its fame. ( )
1 vote aaronarnold | May 11, 2021 |
This was a fun novel. The narrator was good. ( )
  A2Seamster | Apr 9, 2021 |
Ein Klassiker, ohne Zweifel, sollte man sicher gelesen haben. Vielleicht liegts am Alter, vielleicht liegts an der Übersetzung: nicht alles ist aus heutiger Sicht verständlich, manches wirkt etwas betulich, aber Scheiß drauf, hat trotzdem Spaß gemacht. ( )
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[I]t would not surprise us one whit if Mr. Hammett should turn out to be the Great American Mystery Writer. . . . In short, "The Maltese Falcon" is the best one, outside the . . . polite classes, in Lord knows when.
adicionada por NinieB | editarNew York Herald Tribune, Will Cuppy (Feb 23, 1930)
 
If the locution "hard-boiled" had not already been coined it would be necessary to coin it now to describe the characters . . . .
adicionada por NinieB | editarNew York Times (Feb 23, 1930)
 

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Angell, OlavTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Meier, RaymondArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Neujack, PeterÜbersetzerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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The boy spoke two words, the first a short guttural verb, the second 'you'.
"People lose teeth talking like that." Spade's voice was still amiable though his face had become wooden. "If you want to hang around you'll be polite."
The boy repeated his two words.
Spade by means of his grip on the Levantine's lapels turned him slowly and pushed him back until he was standing close in front of the chair he had lately occupied. A puzzled look replaced the look of pain in the lead-colored face. Then Spade smiled. The smile was gentle, even dreamy. His right shoulder raised a few inches. His bent right arm was driven up by the shoulder's lift. Fist, wrist, forearm, crooked elbow, and upper arm seemed all one rigid piece, with only the limber shoulder giving them motion. The fist struck Cairo's face...
"I don't know where that damned bird is. You don't. She does. How in hell are we going to get it if I don't play along with her?"
Cairo hesitated, said dubiously: "You have always, I must say, a smooth explanation ready."
Spade scowled. "What do you want me to do? Learn to stutter?"
‘Who killed Thursby?’

Spade said: ‘I don’t know.’

Bryan rubbed his black eyeglass-ribbon between thumb and fingers and said knowingly: ‘Perhaps you don’t, but you certainly could make an excellent guess.’

‘Maybe, but I wouldn’t.’

The District Attorney raised his eyebrows.

‘I wouldn’t,’ Spade repeated. He was serene. ‘My guess might be excellent or it might be crummy, but Mrs Spade didn’t raise any children dippy enough to make guesses in front of a District Attorney, an Assistant District Attorney, and a stenographer.’

‘Why shouldn’t you, if you’ve nothing to conceal?’

‘Everybody,’ Spade responded mildly, ‘has something to conceal.’

‘And you have – ?’

‘My guesses, for one thing.'
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A treasure worth killing for Sam Spade, a slightly shop-worn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics, a perfumed grifter named Joel Cairo, a fat man named Gutman, and Brigid O'Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett's coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.

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