Spade & Archer (Paperback)Joe Gores (author)
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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...
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 256 g
Dimensions: 130 x 200 x 24 mm
Beginning in 1921, it maps out the back story to Sam Spade and Mike Archer's relationship via a pleasingly intricate and atmospherically hard-boiled plot before ending at the exact point The Maltese Falcon begins. * LONDON METRO *
Stunning * BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH *
And the great testament to Gore's skill is that, within minutes of opening it, you're very likely to have forgotten you're not actually reading a Dashiell Hammett novel. The great gumshow is back. In spades. * THE HERALD *
Joe Gores has acheived a near perfect duplication of the self-styled detective Sam Spade * TELEGRAPH & ARGUS *
Not only authentically Hammett-ish but also a great stand alone read...a classy ventriloquist act of a book. * CATHOLIC HERALD *
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