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The Maltese Falcon

by Dashiell Hammett Author · Yuri Rasovsky Adapter


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"Don't be too sure I'm as crooked as I'm supposed to be. That kind of reputation might be good business."—Samuel Spade, private investigator

"Spade...is what most of the private detectives I worked with would like to have been and in their cockier moments thought they approached."—Dashiell Hammett

The Maltese Falcon first appeared in the pages of Black Mask magazine in 1929. Almost immediately it was acknowledged as not only a great crime novel but an enduring masterpiece of American fiction. Sam Spade, its protagonist, is the archetypal tough, cynical PI, "able," as his creator explained, "to take care of himself in any situation, able to get the best of anybody he comes in contact with, whether criminal, innocent bystander or client." And what a client!—the irresistible and treacherous femme fatale Brigid O'Shaughnessy.

Believing the book's vividly drawn characters and memorable dialogue cry out for theatrical treatment, Blackstone Audio commissioned this faithful dramatization by the award-winning Hollywood Theater of the Ear, in which a brilliant cast brings to life all the excitement and suspense of Hammett's original in the playhouse of the mind.

Publication Details

Blackstone Publishing
Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
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Dashiell Hammett (Author)

Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories. He is widely regarded as one of the finest mystery writers of all time. In addition to The Maltese Falcon, his pioneering novels include Red Har...

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Yuri Rasovsky (Adapter)

Yuri Rasovsky (1944-2012) was the leading writer, producer, and director of audio drama in the United States. Also a distinguished actor, narrator, and critic, his numerous honors include two Peabody Awards, eight Audie Awards, and a Grammy.

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Narrator :
Laura Gardner
Narrator :
Keith Szarabajka
Producer :
Josh Stanton
Author :
Dashiell Hammett
Narrator :
Sandra Oh
Narrator :
Armin Shimerman
Narrator :
Edward Herrmann
Narrator :
A Full Cast
Producer :
The Hollywood Theater of the Ear
Narrator :
Michael Madsen
Adapter :
Yuri Rasovsky
Narrator :
Tom Towles
Narrator :
Burt Ross
Narrator :
Michael Saad
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