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Spade & Archer: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon
 
 
Author
Joe Gores.
Publisher Knopf/BOMC  
Format hardcover, BOMC
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1.05 inches
ISBN 9780307264640
Pages/Publication Date 337/2009
Daedalus Item Code 38117
Sale Price: $3.98
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In this wonderfully dark, pitch-perfect prequel, it's 1921—seven years before Sam Spade will solve the famous case of the Maltese Falcon. He's just set up his own agency in San Francisco and he gets off to a quick start, working cases and hiring a bright young secretary named Effie Perrine. Over the years he brings in Miles Archer to help with the caseload (though it was Archer who stole his girl while he was fighting in World War I). But time and again, Spade finds himself up against an enigmatic villain who holds a long-standing grudge.

"The pages of book sections are littered with excoriating reviews of prequels to classics like Gone With The Wind and The Godfather. So it's an even greater tribute to [Joe] Gores's achievement that ... he creates a chorus of converts. This meticulously researched backstory is a highly entertaining novel in its own right, albeit one that happens to cast new light on one of crime fiction's most compelling characters. Gores, who has written for television shows like Columbo and Magnum P. I., was turned down once by Hammett's daughter when he asked to write a prequel. She finally gave him the green light, and he's done her, her father, and a literary icon proud."—Bookmarks Magazine

 
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