Book review: Spade and Archer

detective literatureLooking for summer reading to pass your time at the beach or pool?  I’d suggest checking your local library or inquire at your favorite bookstore for Joe Gores 2009 novel Spade & ArcherPublished by Knopf the hard cover is 337 pages but it’s a quick read thanks to Gores’ easy writing style and short chapters.

This prequel to Dashiell Hammett’s most famous novel, The Maltese Falcon, tells the story of Sam Spade and his detective agency in San Francisco. I do love mysteries and detective novels and Gores does a great job bringing Hammett’s fictional character, Sam Spade, to life.  In addition to detective literature fans, the book will appeal to those who live in San Francisco since the book traces Spade’s every movement through the city’s streets.

A little about the book that inspired Gores’ novel, The Maltese Falcon is a famous American detective novel penned by Dashiell Hammett in 1930 that was made into a movie by the same name in 1941, which starred Humphrey Bogart.


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