RARA-AVIS: Re: Review of Joe Gores', *Spade and Archer"

From: mhall@berkeley.edu
Date: 07 Feb 2009

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    Not a review per se, but on the writing of the book and Gores:

    Joe Gores' novel about Sam Spade's early days Edward Guthmann, Chronicle Staff Writer

    Friday, February 6, 2009

    In the rich pantheon of American crime fiction, no figure is more definitive than Sam Spade. Rough, unsentimental and shrewd, Spade was a lone wolf.

    "He is a dream man," wrote Dashiell Hammett, the private eye-turned-novelist who created Spade in the 1930 classic "The Maltese Falcon." "He is what most of the private detectives I worked with would like to have been and what quite a few of them in their cockier moments thought they approached."

    But where did he come from? What did Spade do before the events described in "The Maltese Falcon"? That's what Marin County mystery writer Joe Gores wanted to know, and that's why he wrote "Spade & Archer: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's 'The Maltese Falcon' " (Alfred A. Knopf, $24). The book will be in stores on Tuesday.

    "The novel took four years to write," Gores, 77, says over lunch at John's Grill, the Ellis Street restaurant where Sam Spade eats lamb chops, a baked potato and sliced tomatoes in "The Maltese Falcon."

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