The Maltese Falcon - Every Crackpot Summary & Analysis

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Every Crackpot Summary

After having lunch with Polhaus, Spade keeps an appointment with the District Attorney. Spade is unnerved when the Assistant District Attorney and a stenographer also enter the office to witness his statements, but Spade does not reveal any information. The District Attorney poses several theories about who killed Miles and Thursby, including the proposition that gangsters killed Thursby because he had unpaid debts to mob heads in St. Louis and Chicago.

Spade will neither confirm nor deny any of the possibilities brought up and is weary of being questioned by "every crackpot on the city payroll." Spade realizes that in order to extricate himself from the situation he will have to produce the guilty parties himself, and he vows to do that.

Every Crackpot Analysis

Spade is moving to the climax of the plot and also the turning point for his own personal...

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