The Maltese Falcon - Study Guide Spade & Archer Summary & Analysis

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The Maltese Falcon is the story of detective Sam Spade and the case of a valuable iconic treasure. The quest for this treasure engenders greed, lust and betrayal in 1929's San Francisco.

As the novel begins, private detective Sam Spade's secretary, Effie Perine, announces the arrival of a woman named Miss Wonderly who has come to enlist Spade's services. Spade cannot help but notice how attractive Miss Wonderly is and tries to put the nervous young woman at ease as he listens to her problem.

Miss Wonderly's sister, Corinne, left home in New York to come to San Francisco with a man named Floyd Thursby. The Wonderlys' parents will return from Europe in three weeks, and Miss Wonderly needs to find Corinne and convince her to return to New York before then.

Corinne sent Miss Wonderly a letter announcing what she did but has left...

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