Before the Falcon was Maltese
Mark Coggins sends word of a very intriguing new project from mystery veteran Joe Gores, who’s best known for HAMMETT, his fictionalized account of the man:
In February of last year, lightning struck. Hammett’s surviving
daughter, Jo, whom I met in 1999, was in San Francisco for a
conference, and asked to talk to me. In 2000 I had hit her with the
idea of a prequel to The Maltese Falcon. She turned me down
flat. But last February she asked me if I would be interested in
reviving the project! I was floored. But we have slowly and cautiously
ahead through hundreds of phone calls, outlines, proposals, agents,
lawyers, letters, and I finally signed the contract with
Knopf—Hammett’s publisher—a couple of weeks ago … My title is Spade & Archer and I’m revving up the research right now. I have my own research from 1975 for Hammett,
and am digging out a great deal of new stuff now. I hope to start
writing the novel in March or April … It is a really exciting project
to be working on.
Coggins remarks that “there’s no other writer [he] would trust with Sam Spade and Hammett’s literary heritage” and I have to concur with this sentiment….