Background[ edit ] Though Hammett had once worked as a private detective for the Pinkerton Detective Agency in San Francisco and used his birth name "Samuel" for the story's protagonisthe wrote of the book's main character in Spade has no original. He is a dream man in the sense that he is what most of the private detectives I worked with would like to have been, and, in their cockier moments, thought they approached.
Archer, who takes the job, is murdered. Later that same night, Thursby is shot down in front of his hotel. She moves out of her hotel because she is afraid.
At her new apartment, she says she cannot divulge the whole story, but she does tell Spade that she had met Thursby in Asia. They had arrived in San Francisco the week before. She assumes Thursby killed Archer but does not know who killed Thursby.
When Spade returns to his office, Joel Cairo is waiting. He offers Spade five thousand dollars for the recovery of a statuette of a black bird. That night, Spade is trailed by a small young man in a gray overcoat. There, he learns that Brigid is connected in some way with a mysterious black bird, a replica of a falcon.
She tells Cairo she does not have the falcon. He will have to wait, possibly a week, before she can sell it to him. When the police arrive to question Spade about their new line of inquiry, they discover Cairo and Brigid in a squabble.
Spade introduces Brigid as an operator in his employ and says they are questioning Cairo about the two murders. After Cairo and the police officer leave, Brigid tells Sam she does not know what makes the falcon important. She had been hired to steal it from a Russian named Kemidov in Constantinople, Turkey.
Next morning, before Brigid awakens, Spade gets groceries and then incidentally searches her apartment for the falcon, which he fails to find. He is certain Brigid knows where it is. Brigid is afraid of what Cairo might do, however, and Spade arranges for her to stay at the home of his secretary.
Shortly after, a Mr. Gutman calls, inviting Spade to his hotel suite. Spade tells him that Cairo offered ten thousand dollars, not five, for the falcon.
Gutman laughs derisively; the statuette is obviously worth a fortune The entire section is 1, words.Sam Spade Character Timeline in The Maltese Falcon The timeline below shows where the character Sam Spade appears in The Maltese Falcon.
The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance. The Maltese Falcon study guide contains a biography of Dashielle Hammett, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
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Although the detective, Sam Spade. In the Maltese Falcon, Hammett's most famous detective is Sam Spade, who appears only in this novel and three rather trivial short stories.
This mystery became John Huston's classic movie with Bogart, Lorre, Greenstreet, and others and lifted dialogue intact from this book, that's how vividly written it is.
The Maltese Falcon study guide contains a biography of Dashielle Hammett, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. About The Maltese Falcon The Maltese Falcon Summary. Sam Spade. BACK; NEXT ; Character Analysis. Name: Sam Spade Height: 6'0'' Eyes: Yellowish gray Hair: Pale brown, almost blond Age: 30s Clothing: Gray suit, tweed overcoat, green necktie, dark gray fedora.
If the cops had a file on Sam Spade, this is how his police report would look.