Molti studenti possono già conoscere il tradizionale formato di storie di fiction investigative prima di iniziare a leggere uno. Gli spettacoli televisivi popolari utilizzano sempre questo formato, dai detective leader con un codice morale rigoroso, ad una soluzione brillante che avvolge il caso. Molti appassionati del genere tracciano i suoi inizi al Edgar Allan Poe e il suo vero fiorito a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle e alla sua serie Sherlock Holmes. Il genere di fiction detective è caratterizzato da caratteri e temi specifici e segue un formato tradizionale.
Detective Fiction Characters in The Maltese Falcon | Detective Genre
Looks like a "blond satan"; loyal to Miles Archer, his partner; charismatic; not sentimental; doesn't play games while on a job and in dangerous situations; has many affairs with women
A fat man; looking for a black falcon which supposedly belonged to the King of Spain; in charge of Wilmer Cook and Joel Cairo; hired Brigid O'Shaughnessy to retrieve the falcon; ordered Cook to kill Captain Jacobi
THE HARBINGER/THE CLIENT
"Another thing. Keep that gunsel away from me while you're making up your mind. I'll kill him. I don't like him. He makes me nervous. I'll kill him the first time he gets in my way. I won't give him an even break."
DETECTIVE FICTION CHARACTERS
THE FEMME FATALE
"Then, sir, in exchange for the ten thousand dollars and Wilmer, you will give us the falcon and an hour or two of grace-- so we won't be in the city when you surrender him to the authorities."
Miss Wonderly watched the grey flakes twist and crawl. Her eyes were uneasy. She sat on the very edge of the chair. Her feet were flat on the floor, as if she were about to rise.
As Miss Wonderly, she is attractive; blue eyes; dark red hair; seems afraid that Thursby has "hurt" her sister; very uneasy and nervous
Brigid O'Shaughnessy (Miss Wonderly)
"You who arranged that nice little trick for--for my predecessor, Thursby? You who knocked off Miles, a man you had nothing against, in cold blood, just like swatting a fly, for the sake of double-crossing Thursby?"
As Brigid O'Shaughnessy, she is a schemer; she wants to keep the falcon so she killed Archer to frame Thursby; she acts naive and innocent and relies on her looks to get her out of trouble