The Maltese Falcon, written by Dashiell Hammett, is an action novel with many suspenseful twists and turns throughout the story. It was set back in the late 1920’s in San Francisco, so life was fairly different back then compared to how we live now. It was far easier to get away with things back in those days, meaning that laws were not as strictly enforced.
This particular novel had many important characters that all played a major part in making the story as spectacular as it was. For example, we had Sam Spade (the main character) who was the main detective that I believed had a very dominating and powerful role. He lead the discovery of the murder and he always left us feeling like his intentions were a mystery.
Next we had Brigid (AKA Miss Wonderly) who was the manipulating, but yet beautiful woman who caused all the controversy and conflict in the novel.
Another main character was Miles Archer, who I felt had a very pathetic personality and he brought confusion and suspense into the story with his dysfunctional marriage and delusional outlook on life.
There are many other characters that added life to the story, including Effie Perine, Joel Cairo, and Casper Gutman, which all played a part in the murder or the finding of each scenario throughout the book.
The novel, The Maltese Falcon, had its fair share of suspense, violence, bribery, dishonesty, and terror. From trying to find the bird, to trying to detect the murder, to discovering Miles Archers dishonest love life, this story had plenty of cliff hangers and suspense to keep us readers interested throughout the entire story.
I can honestly say that I have read plenty of mystery stories, and many suspenseful novels, but it is easy to say that The Maltese Falcon topped them all as being the most intriguing and exciting novel of them all.