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Spade & Archer: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's the Maltese Falcon

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Publisher Comments:

When Sam Spade gets drawn into the Maltese Falcon case, we know what to expect: straight talk, hard questions, no favors, and no way for anyone to get underneath the protective shell he wears like a second skin. We know that his late partner, Miles Archer, was a son of a bitch; that Spade is sleeping with Archers wife, Iva; that his tomboyish secretary, Effie Perine, is the only innocent in his life. What we dont know is how Spade became who he is. Spade & Archer completes the picture.

1921: Spade sets up his own agency in San Francisco and clients quickly start coming through the door. The next seven years will see him dealing with booze runners, waterfront thugs, stowaways, banking swindlers, gold smugglers, bumbling cops, and the illegitimate daughter of Sun Yat-sen; with murder, other mens mistresses, and long-missing money. Hell bring in Archer as a partner, though it was Archer who stole his girl while he was fighting in World War I. Hell tangle with a villain who never loses his desire to make Spade pay big for ruining what shouldve been the perfect crime. And hell fall in love—though it wont turn out for the best. It never does with dames . . .

Spade & Archer is a gritty, pitch-perfect, hard-boiled novel—the work of a master mystery writer—destined to become a classic in its own right.

Review:

"Edgar-winner Gores has not only pulled off the Herculean task of writing a prequel to The Maltese Falcon but also created a rip-roaring yarn of his own that will please even the crustiest of Hammett devotees. In 1921, Samuel Spade leaves the Continental Detective Agency and opens up his own office. One of his first cases, which the local cops have bungled, involves the robbery of $125,00 worth of gold coins from the San Anselmo, a passenger ship. Gores cuts forward twice, to 1925 and 1928, along the way setting the iconic Spade off on various adventures throughout the Bay Area. The author, who does a brilliant job of bringing Prohibition-era San Francisco to life with street-level detail and a native's perspective, also captures Hammett's spare style and tone perfectly. The only thing missing is a real femme fatale, but Gores, himself a former PI, gives us a number of young beauties to keep Spade busy until Miss Wonderly finally appears at his door." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

Dashiell Hammett's 1930 novel The Maltese Falcon is far from flawless, but it was the fountainhead of modern American crime fiction. Hammett's two-fisted, cynical, charismatic, fearless Sam Spade appears only in this one novel, but he was the prototype of all the great private eyes who followed, from Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe to John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee to John Sandford's Lucas... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"From the clipped dialogue to the emphasis on the geography of San Francisco to the carefully detailed recounting of what a PI does, Gores nails it." Booklist

Review:

"...Gores successfully weaves together plot strands that include everything from Treasure Island and Sun Yat-sen to union busting." Library Journal

Review:

"Along with the obligatory pleasures of watching Spade dealing with familiar supporting characters for the first time, Gores...keeps multiple pots boiling furiously while providing a pitch-perfect replica of his master's voice." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

A gritty, pitch-perfect noir novel, Spade & Archer is the authorized prequel to Dashiell Hammett's classic, The Maltese Falcon. In 1921, P.I. Sam Spade tangles with a villain who's planned what he thinks is the perfect crime. And he'll fall in love — though it won't turn out for the best.

About the Author

Joe Gores, formerly a private eye, is the author of sixteen novels, including Hammett, which won Japan's Falcon Award. He has received three Edgar Awards — one of only two authors to win in three separate categories: Best First Novel, Best Short Story, and Best Episode in a TV Series. He lives near San Francisco, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307264640
Subtitle:
The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon
Author:
Gores, Joe
Author:
Gores, Joe
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
San Francisco (Calif.)
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Noir fiction
Publication Date:
20090210
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.50x5.96x1.28 in. 1.11 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Edgar-winner Gores has not only pulled off the Herculean task of writing a prequel to The Maltese Falcon but also created a rip-roaring yarn of his own that will please even the crustiest of Hammett devotees. In 1921, Samuel Spade leaves the Continental Detective Agency and opens up his own office. One of his first cases, which the local cops have bungled, involves the robbery of $125,00 worth of gold coins from the San Anselmo, a passenger ship. Gores cuts forward twice, to 1925 and 1928, along the way setting the iconic Spade off on various adventures throughout the Bay Area. The author, who does a brilliant job of bringing Prohibition-era San Francisco to life with street-level detail and a native's perspective, also captures Hammett's spare style and tone perfectly. The only thing missing is a real femme fatale, but Gores, himself a former PI, gives us a number of young beauties to keep Spade busy until Miss Wonderly finally appears at his door." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "From the clipped dialogue to the emphasis on the geography of San Francisco to the carefully detailed recounting of what a PI does, Gores nails it."
"Review" by , "...Gores successfully weaves together plot strands that include everything from Treasure Island and Sun Yat-sen to union busting."
"Review" by , "Along with the obligatory pleasures of watching Spade dealing with familiar supporting characters for the first time, Gores...keeps multiple pots boiling furiously while providing a pitch-perfect replica of his master's voice."
"Synopsis" by , A gritty, pitch-perfect noir novel, Spade & Archer is the authorized prequel to Dashiell Hammett's classic, The Maltese Falcon. In 1921, P.I. Sam Spade tangles with a villain who's planned what he thinks is the perfect crime. And he'll fall in love — though it won't turn out for the best.
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