Shadow Man

“Shadow Man,” by Gabriel Blackwell

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There’s a scene in The Maltese Falcon in which the actress Mary Astor is pretending to be a woman named Brigid O’Shaugnessy who has been pretending to someone named Ruth Wonderly, and she is telling Humphrey Bogart, who is playing a private investigator named Sam Spade, “I haven’t lived a good life.

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