Re: RARA-AVIS: The Maltese Falcon and Flitcraft

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 22 Nov 2004

I read Sucker Bet by James Swain (2003) recently. It is the second (I think) in a series about casino consultant Tony Valentine. He goes around figuring out how customers and employees are defrauding gambling establishments. I really enjoy reading about ingenious ways to cheat. Not that I would ever try them. The first in the series is called Grift Sense, and I've got that lined up as my next read.

Anyway, I was struck by an anecdote in which Tony relates that one time he had to track down a missing man, who turned up several years later, living in a similar town on the same coast, with a similar car and wife to the ones he'd left when he disappeared.


At 10:40 PM 21/11/2004 -0500, Jim Winter wrote:

>Am reading THE MALTESE FALCON and just read the story of Flitcraft, the missing real estate agent from Tacoma Spade once tracked down.
>I've heard this story elsewhere, though, but can't remember where I read it. Something very similar. Didn't someone else lift that story, or did Hammett recycle it from somewhere else. I'm almost certain I've seen this somewhere other than THE MALTESE FALCON.

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