Study Guide

The Maltese Falcon Characters

By Dashiell Hammett

Sam Spade

Name: Sam SpadeHeight: 6'0''Eyes: Yellowish grayHair: Pale brown, almost blondAge:...

Brigid O'Shaughnessy

Miss Wonderly a.k.a. Miss Leblanc a.k.a. Brigid O'Shaughnessy is the classic femme fatale. What's...

Casper Gutman

The Fat Man. That's how we're first introduced to our villain, Caspar Gutman. Wealthy, cunning,...

Joel Cairo

Joel Cairo works for Casper Gutman and is portrayed as a wimpy, delicate, sleazy "fairy." The...

Effie Perine

Oh Effie. She's is Spade's devoted secretary, and what can we say? Shmoop definitely has a soft...

Wilmer Cook

Wilmer is Gutman's punk kid enforcer. He is young and completely out-gunned and out-classed by...

Miles Archer

Miles Archer is Sam Spade's partner. He's in his thirties, well-built, and jovial. We only meet...

Iva Archer

Iva is Miles Archer's wife, but she's having an affair with Spade, so we're guessing the marriage...

Minor Characters

Floyd Thursby was Brigid's partner, but he winds up dead before we ever get to meet him. We learn...