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.
- Loot: The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World by Sharon Waxman
- Mistress of the Elgin Marbles: A biography of Mary Nisbet, Countess of Elgin by Susan Nagel
- The Napoleon of Crime: the Life and Times of Adam Worth, Master Thief by Ben Mcintyre
- Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman
- The Rape of Europa: the Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War by Lynn H. Nicholas
- Vanished Smile:: the Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa by R.A. Scotti
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.