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The Black Figure of a Bird – “The Maltese Falcon” – Dashiell Hammett

June 24th, 2011 · No Comments · Fiction, Noir

“More than idle curiosity made me ask that, Mr. Spade. I am trying to recover an—ah—omament that has been—shall we say?—mislaid. I thought, and hoped, you could assist me.”

Spade nodded with eyebrows lifted to indicate attentiveness. “The ornament is a statuette,” Cairo went on, selecting and mouthing his words carefully, “the black figure of a bird.

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