Spade and Archer

Spade and Archer The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon

1st paperback ed

Paperback (25 Nov 2010)

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Synopsis

The stunning prequel to Dashiell Hammett's crime classic THE MALTESE FALCON.

When Sam Spade gets drawn into the Maltese Falcon case, we know what to expect: straight talk, hard questions, no favours, 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 Archer's wife. What we don't know is how Spade became who he is. Now 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, water-front thugs, stowaways, banking swindlers, gold smugglers, bumbling cops, and the illegitimate daughter of Sun Yat-sen; with murder, other men's mistresses, and long-missing money. He'll bring in Archer as a partner, though it was Archer who stole his girl while he was fighting in World War I. He'll tangle with a villain who never loses his desire to make Spade pay big for ruining what should've been the perfect crime. And he'll fall in love - though it won't turn out for the best. It never does with dames...

Book information

ISBN: 9781409117537
Publisher: Orion
Imprint: Orion Books
Pub date:
Edition: 1st paperback ed
DEWEY: 813.54
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 337
Weight: 396g
Height: 129mm
Width: 199mm
Spine width: 25mm