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Brigid O'Shaughnessy: The Classic Femme Fatale


Actress Mary Astor, here in 1941, became famous for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in John Huston's adaptation of The Maltese Falcon. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia

"Oh no she din't." If master crime writer Dashiell Hammett were alive today, he might have written that line about the red-headed shady lady, Brigid O'Shaughnessy. She's smart and deceptive, a lethal combination for someone determined to get what she wants. And Brigid (almost) always gets what she wants. She meets her match in the self-effacing, poker-faced super detective, Sam Spade. Let's listen to a few sharp minds, including Adrian McKinty's, discuss Hammett's novel, The Maltese Falcon.

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To hear the entire Big Read audio documentary about Hammett and The Maltese Falcon, please visit The Big Read website.

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