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The novel begins when Brigid OShaughnessy Brigid hires Spade and partner Miles Archer to protect her from former partner Thursby When Archer was murdered and then Thursby was murdered Spade intervenes Spade is having an affair with Archers wife Iva which he kept a very good secret Brigid eventually draws Spade into her plan to sell a statue of a falcon to Joel Cairo Wilmer and Casper Gutman which was Brigids former partners The first two characters are portrayed as homosexuals the third as a sadist who brutalizes his daughter They held Spade at gunpoint in efforts to find out what he and Brigid knew about the falcon Against them Spade employs his physical and mental toughness his faithful secretary Effie Perrine and his standing with San Francisco policemen Dundy and Polhaus But Dundy turns on him as they follow the leads in Archers murder to Spades affair with Iva Archer Meeting hostility everywhere Spade sleeps with Brigid and searches her apartment before she gets up What Hammett withholds in the story is Spades knowledge that Brigid killed Archer Brigid goes into hiding and Spade learns the history of the statue from Gutman who drugs him Beaten by Wilmer Spade awakes in time to receive the falcon from the dying Captain Jacoby of the ship La Paloma Brigid draws him into a trap with the four partners but when Spade produces the falcon it turns out to be fake Spade stalls and divides the villains which each is the fall guy Everyone left except Brigid who suggests that Spade escape with her Spade tells brigid the reasons he cannot including the withheld knowledge that she killed Archer Turning them all over to the police he learns from them that Wilmer has killed Gutman The novel had a good plot and
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