Summer Reading

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett


The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett is about a private eye named Sam Spade who finds himself in an intricate case after his partner, Miles Archer, is mysteriously murdered.

Protagonist Description

Sam Spade's physical features are described in great depth. According to the text, "Sam Spade's jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth. His yellow-grey eyes were horizontal. The v motif was picked up again by thickish brows rising outward from twin creases above a hooked nose, and his pale brown hair grew down- from high flat temples- in a point on his forehead. He looked rather pleasantly like a blond satan."

Main Characters

Protagonist Analysis

Sam Spade

Sam Spade is no doubt unscrupulous, although he is sometimes corrupted by greed and self-interest. In the beginning of the novel it is depicted that Sam was having an affair with his partner, Miles Archer's, wife. Sam is a suspect in the murder of Miles, but he proceeds in the case with utmost determination.


Respectfully, I did not enjoy this book. The plot was way too complicated and the text was boring and hard to get through due to its dullness.