cover image of Spade & Archer

Spade & Archer

The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's the Maltese Falcon

by Joe Gores Author · Scott Brick Narrator


Sign up to save your library

With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

   Not today


When Sam Spade gets drawn into the Maltese Falcon case, we know what to expect: straight talk, hard questions, no favors, and no way for anyone to get underneath the protective shell he wears like a second skin. We know that his late partner, Miles Archer, was a son of a bitch; that Spade is sleeping with Archer's wife, Iva; that his tomboyish secretary, Effie Perine, is the only innocent in his life. What we don't know is how Spade became who he is. Spade & Archer completes the picture.
1921: Spade sets up his own agency in San Francisco and clients quickly start coming through the door. The next seven years will see him dealing with booze runners, waterfront thugs, stowaways, banking swindlers, gold smugglers, bumbling cops, and the illegitimate daughter of Sun Yat-sen; with murder, other men's mistresses, and long-missing money. He'll bring in Archer as a partner, though it was Archer who stole his girl while he was fighting in World War I. He'll tangle with a villain who never loses his desire to make Spade pay big for ruining what should've been the perfect crime. And he'll fall in love—though it won't turn out for the best. It never does with dames . . .
Spade & Archer is a gritty, pitch-perfect, hard-boiled audiobook—the work of a master mystery writer—destined to become a classic in its own right.

Publication Details

Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Random House Audio
Publication Date:


  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 237.3 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 237.3 MB

Joe Gores (Author)

Joe Gores is the author of many well-received suspense novels including Spade & Archer and Dead Man. He has won three Edgar Allan Poe Awards and Japan's Maltese Falcon Award. He lives in northern California.

More about Joe Gores
Spade & Archer
Copy and paste the code into your website.
New here? Learn how to read digital books for free