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The Maltese falcon
Dashiell Hammett
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Summary: A treasure worth killing for. Sam Spade, a slightly shopworn private eye with his own solitary code of ethics. A perfumed grafter named Joel Cairo, a fat man name Gutman, and Brigid O'Shaughnessy, a beautiful and treacherous woman whose loyalties shift at the drop of a dime. These are the ingredients of Dashiell Hammett's coolly glittering gem of detective fiction, a novel that has haunted three generations of readers.

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Blamed for his partner's death who was killed during a stakeout; bad guys are requesting a payoff he can't afford; searching for a gold statuette of a falcon created as a tribute for the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI.
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