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Radio Crimes: The Maltese Falcon Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Radio Crimes: The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett
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It's San Francisco, 1928, and Sam Spade is a wisecracking, womanising private investigator. Missing husbands and unfaithful wives are his usual stock-in-trade, but when the beautifully distressed Miss Wonderley calls, he gets involved in a dangerous caper most people would run a mile from.

Miss Wonderley asks Sam's partner, Miles Archer, to shadow Floyd Thursby, whom she maintains has kidnapped her sister. But then Archer is shot dead, and Miss Wonderley's story turns out to be a lie - just like her name, which is actually Brigid O'Shaughnessy.

Miss O'Shaughnessy keeps on lying. But one thing's for sure: she does know about the Maltese Falcon, an ancient statuette which has attracted more than one interested party.

With a bunch of heavies at his elbow and the police on his tail, Sam needs to think fast if he's to outlive the person who killed his partner....

Tom Wilkinson, Jane Lapotaire, Peter Vaughan and Nickolas Grace star in this stylish dramatisation of Dashiell Hammett's classic detective story. Download and start listening now!


Listener Reviews

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Jasonchicks | 6/23/2011

    " I love this book. The hard-boiled private investigator seems kind of cheesey and trite these days -- especially after listening to Garrison Keillor's Guy Noir. But Sam Spade is a very interesting and deep character, and a total bad ass. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Scott | 6/19/2011

    " Ultra-classic hard-boiled private detective story. What's not to like? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Andrez | 6/17/2011

    " Classic stuff from Hammett. Read several times over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Zach | 6/12/2011

    " A very enjoyable read. Hammett's writing is punchy and unique. The conventions of the detective story are presented with authority and mastery, which makes everything else in the genre (with the exception of Chandler) seem amaturish in comparison. "

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About the Author
Author Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett (1894–1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories. He is widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time. In addition to The Maltese Falcon, his pioneering novels include Red Harvest (1929), The Dain Curse (1929), The Glass Key (1931), and The Thin Man (1934).