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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dashiell Hammett Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN: 9781482961935
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The Maltese Falcon is the definitive masterpiece of the hard-boiled detective genre. It introduces legendary PI Sam Spade, a loner who follows his own code and the rules of the street as he zeros in on his partner’s killer and the famous jewel-encrusted bird. Humphrey Bogart immortalized the tough-guy detective in the classic 1941 film.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Maltese Falcon is not only probably the best detective story we have ever read, it is an exceedingly well written novel.”

    Times Literary Supplement (London)

  • “Dashiell Hammett…is a master of the detective novel, yes, but also one hell of a writer.”

    Boston Globe

  • “As edge-of-one’s-seat captivating today as it was eighty years ago, Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon is a classic that hard-boiled mystery buffs everywhere are sure to enjoy.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Reader William Dufris is a one-man band, covering the entire cast of diverse characters with unbelievable ease. His shifts from tough Sam Spade to the damsel in distress to any of a host of bad guys is just short of amazing.” 


  • Winner of the 2010 Audie Award for Best Audiobook Adaptation
  • A 2009 Audie Award Finalist
  • A 2009 Grammy Award for Adults
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2009 AudioFile Best Audiobook of the Year for Mystery
  • A Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobook
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice, March 2009
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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, The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, and the #1 New York Times bestseller The Thin Man.

About the Narrator

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.