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The Maltese Falcon von [Hammett, Dashiell]
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Sam Spade, Dashiell Hammett's archetypally tough San Francisco detective, is more noir than L.A. Confidential and more vulnerable than Raymond Chandler's Marlowe. In The Maltese Falcon, the best known of Hammett's Sam Spade novels (including The Dain Curse and The Glass Key), Spade is tough enough to bluff the toughest thugs and hold off the police, risking his reputation when a beautiful woman begs for his help, while knowing that betrayal may deal him a new hand in the next moment.

Spade's partner is murdered on a stakeout; the cops blame him for the killing; a beautiful redhead with a heartbreaking story appears and disappears; grotesque villains demand a payoff he can't provide; and everyone wants a fabulously valuable gold statuette of a falcon, created as tribute for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Who has it? And what will it take to get it back? Spade's solution is as complicated as the motives of the seekers assembled in his hotel room, but the truth can be a cold comfort indeed.

Spade is bigger (and blonder) in the book than in the movie, and his Mephistophelean countenance is by turns seductive and volcanic. Sam knows how to fight, whom to call, how to rifle drawers and secrets without leaving a trace, and just the right way to call a woman "Angel" and convince her that she is. He is the quintessence of intelligent cool, with a wise guy's perfect pitch. If you only know the movie, read the book. If you're riveted by Chinatown or wonder where Robert B. Parker's Spenser gets his comebacks, read the master. --Barbara Schlieper

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Sam Spade, Dashiell Hammett's archetypally tough San Francisco detective, is more noir than L.A. Confidential and more vulnerable than Raymond Chandler's Marlowe. In The Maltese Falcon, the best known of Hammett's Sam Spade novels (including The Dain Curse and The Glass Key), Spade is tough enough to bluff the toughest thugs and hold off the police, risking his reputation when a beautiful woman begs for his help, while knowing that betrayal may deal him a new hand in the next moment.

Spade's partner is murdered on a stakeout; the cops blame him for the killing; a beautiful redhead with a heartbreaking story appears and disappears; grotesque villains demand a payoff he can't provide; and everyone wants a fabulously valuable gold statuette of a falcon, created as tribute for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Who has it? And what will it take to get it back? Spade's solution is as complicated as the motives of the seekers assembled in his hotel room, but the truth can be a cold comfort indeed.

Spade is bigger (and blonder) in the book than in the movie, and his Mephistophelean countenance is by turns seductive and volcanic. Sam knows how to fight, whom to call, how to rifle drawers and secrets without leaving a trace, and just the right way to call a woman "Angel" and convince her that she is. He is the quintessence of intelligent cool, with a wise guy's perfect pitch. If you only know the movie, read the book. If you're riveted by Chinatown or wonder where Robert B. Parker's Spenser gets his comebacks, read the master. --Barbara Schlieper


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3361 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 226 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (29. Dezember 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004G5ZU32
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen 34 Kundenrezensionen
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #190.054 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Von Ein Kunde am 28. Oktober 1999
Format: Taschenbuch
The best mystery novel ever! Dashiell Hammett's story "The Maltese Falcon" creates such suspense and interest for the reader, you may have to take a few days off work to finish it. You are taken on twists and turns throughout the story. Trying to figure out who's side the seductive Brigid O'Shaughnessy is on can be like guessing what came first the chicken or the egg. The main character Sam Spade is the classic private eye. A man who doesn't back down from any man, and doesn't back away from any women. The Maltese Falcon is described as such a treasure that you have no problem believing that it is indeed "A treasure worth killing for". As the story unfolds new characters reveal themselves, all interested in treasure. Alliances are formed and then broken. You never know who will betray who next. This book was rated as one of top 100 books of this century. Once I read it I was convinced it belong there. The greatest mystery novel is the Maltese Falcon. I Like to Eat Paper
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Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) began his writing career with short stories for pulp magazines and his eight years as a Pinkerton detective, first in Baltimore and notably in San Francisco enabled him to add authenticity to his stories. Cool, tough, and hard-boiled in attitude, his narration resembles that of early Hemingway with spare, realistic dialogue. While writing regularly in Black Mask, the best of the pulp magazines, Hammett also learned his craft. According to Raymond Chandler's famous remark, he took murder out of the settings of polite society and put it into a corrupt urban environment which gives his novels a kind of purity. While Chandler developed his hero as the character he wanted to be himself - valiant, a romantic idealist with a moral code and as a master of the wisecrack - Hammett had a different and more complex vision, he also steered clear of "style" and reinvented the mystery story in five books written between 1929 and 1934.

The Maltese Falcon (1930) is considered the birthplace of one of the most famous detectives of the hard boiled genre - Sam Spade. The book influenced the mystery genre and even paved the way for film noir. The novel offers no biographical background for Spade but readers will recognize the author's experience and radically independent worldview, his cynicism about any code of ethics except the one he has created. He is idealistic but has no qualms to break the law, but only to bring a criminal to justice. Hammett begins the novel in a way that has become a standard of the genre: a dame is walking into Spade's thinking emporium. In this case the dame is the statuesque lovely Brigid O'Shaughnessy, not that names mean anything here.
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A very good book, celebrated for the new 'movie-line's style of writing. Colorful characters, gets you into the story. I liked the book, but did not love it, which is only a matter of personal taste, not the quality of the story. I would have wished a slightly different last page. Therefore one star less. But I would nevertheless recommend it!
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The "Maltese Falcon" is arguably Dashiell Hammett's best and most well-known hard-boiled detective story, made even more famous by the Warner Bros. film starring Humphrey Bogart.
"Falcon," "The Continental Op" and Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep" are three of the defining books of the age of wise-guy detectives.
Hammett conjures up the sordid side of San Francisco, blind-greed and desire with tight prose and razor-sharp dialogue that makes this one of the classics of the genre, and a classic work of literature as well.
This has been one of my favorite stories for years, and this reprint provides exceptional readability in a well-bound form.
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Von John McCormack am 12. Januar 2000
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Reading these reviews (while stuck at work) it reminds me of opening the Maltese Falcon fourteen years ago.
It was incredible, a superb piece of atmospheric writing; I swear I finished the book with my mouth wide open, too enthralled to think of anything else.
I love the ending with its hard pragmatism; ,the ruthless logic of Sam Spade was a revelation, compared to the predictable romantic slush we are so often bombarded with.
The film is also a masterpiece.
Reading Dashiel Hammett inspired me to move onto Raymond Chandler a few days later. Dashiel Hammett is a master, Raymond Chandler had great admiration for a man who 'gave murder back to the people who do it for a reason', compared to the inane plots and social snobberies of the Agatha Christie brigade.
I will always admire Dashiel Hammett, but my preference is for Raymond Chandler. A hard choice, but I love Raymond Chandler's hard poetical prose and vision of a gentle man trying to survive in a corrupt and lonely world.
They were both superb.
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Von John McCormack am 12. Januar 2000
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Reading these reviews (while stuck at work) it reminds me of opening the Maltese Falcon fourteen years ago.
It was incredible, a superb piece of atmospheric writing; I swear I finished the book with my mouth wide open, too enthralled to think of anything else.
I love the ending with its hard pragmatism; compared to the romantic slush we are so often bombarded with,the ruthless logic of Sam Spade was a revelation.
The film is also a masterpiece.
Reading Dashiel Hammett inspired me to move onto Raymond Chandler a few days later. Dashiel Hammett is a master, Raymond Chandler had great admiration for a man who "gave murder back to the people who do it for a reason", compared to the inane plots and social snobberies of the Agatha Christie. brigade".
I will always admire Dashiel Hammett, but my preference is for Raymond Chandler. A hard choice, but I love Raymond Chandler's hard poetical prose.
They were both superb.
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