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 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.
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.
©2009 Joe Gores; (P)2009 Random House
I had low expectations when I ordered this book -- how could anyone compete with the Hammett's Maltese Falcon or with Bogart in the movie? So I was delightfully suprised that Gores does such an excellent job in capturing the spirit and atmosphere of the original. The narration was wonderful, too -- one could picture Bogie saying these lines. Probably the most enjoyable listening experience of the past 20 books I listened to.
This is a great audiobook listen. Kept me entertained for miles and miles. Gores captures the essence of Hammet's style while adding his own touch. The descriptions of the San Francisco Bay Area in the 20s are great and it is well plotted. Highly recommend.
Didn't know what to expect from this when I got it, but it turned out to be a great read/listen. Truly a great prequel to The Maltese Falcon, which to me always seemed to be a book that was a sequel to a book that hadn't been written, if that makes sense. I'm sure I'll end up listening to this one many times!
For anyone who knows and/or is a fan of Hammett's The Maltese Falcon, this book is a great treat. The author cleverly gives us a very plausible back-story to what happens in Hammett's classic; all is believable and all fits together beautifully. The reader is also first-class--Sam Spade really comes alive, as do all of the other characters as well.
Cook, Steelworker, Sailor in Viet Nam. Retired after 4 decades as an RN. Share a birthday with Mark Twain and his love of "spinnin' a yarn"
Truly when you finish this the absolute next sentence is the first sentence in Maltese Falcon. It expands the characters and gives a history and is on it's own a ripping yarn. I am impressed at this "prequel", in character, in time, pace and setting. Well done!
My favorite mystery story is the Maltese falcon. I always wished Hammet had written more than one novel and three short stories about the Adventures of Sam Spade. Mr Gores does a good job walking in Hammets shoes, and giving us more adventures of Spade
The bad guy getting what he deserves in the end.
He is a great voice talent. I also liked his work on Its Superman.
I was very upset when Spades lover was murderd.
I wish Mr Gores would write more of Spade adventures.
Spade is certainly there, the great dialogue is there also , every once in a while, Dashiells' echo could be heard. I even got a few chills from almost hearing Bogie.....Great story in the right vein, great narration Scott....... well done all!!!! Where is the movie?????
This book exceeded my expectations on every level. Not only an adept prequel to an old favorite, but also the beginning of a new series in its own right. Do more of these . . .
I guess the idea that I knew what was coming in the future of Spade and Archer (The Maltese Falcon). Initially, I expected to be disappointed, but after a bit, I just relaxed and enjoyed it..
Yes it did, primarily because it connected the dots of both mysteries and personalities over several years..
I have not. Although I felt he did a very good job, I expected Spade to have a rougher voice. Not really a complaint, just a thought.
Ohhhh, don't want to spoil anything: just Spade's tragic love.
I'm always afraid of authors trying to imitate or enhance others work. Do not fear, this is well done.
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