The Maltese Falcon
About the Author
Dashiell Hammett based his "hard-boiled" detective fiction on personal experiences. Leaving home at 13 and working a variety of odd jobs, he was employed by the Pinkerton Agency from 1915 to 1922, except for a tour as an ambulance driver during the Great War. He quit detective work partly from disillusionment from the agency's participation in strike-breaking.
Sam Spade's office was modeled on Hammet's own apartment in San Francisco.
Other Works by Dashiell Hammett
- Bedside Tales: A Gay Collection includes "Two Knives" a short story funny enough for Peter Arno to choose it.
- The Continental Op, a selection of
short stories featuring the unnamed protagonist of Red Harvest and The Dain Curse.
- Nightmare Town selected stories.
A scene from the 1931 movie starring Ricardo Cortez and Bebe Daniels.
Warner Brothers released a lighter (and less sexually explicit) version in 1936 starring Bette Davis, entitled Satan Met A Lady
The trailer from John Huston's 1941 adaptation starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor.
The Los Angeles Police Department's Art Theft Detail hosts a site with news, summaries of real cases, and even puzzles allowing you to guess whether a work is real or fake.
The International Association of Crime Writers (North American branch) awards the yearly Hammett Prize for "literary excellence in the field of crime-writing, as reflected in a book published in the English language in the US and/or Canada." See past winners here.