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Sam Spade – “The Maltese Falcon” – Dashiell Hammett

June 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Description, Fiction, Noir, Writing

Samuel Spade’s jaw was long and bony, his chin a jutting v under the more flexible v of his mouth. His nostrils curved back to make another, smaller, v. His yellow-grey eyes were horizontal. The V motif was picked up again by thickish brows rising outward from twin creases above a hooked nose, and his pale brown hair grew down—from high flat temples—in a point on his forehead. He looked rather pleasantly like a blond Satan.

He said to Effie Perine: “Yes, sweetheart?

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