The moral code in The Maltese Falcon

“As far as I can see, my best chance of clearing myself of the trouble you’re trying to make for me is bringing in the murders-all tied up.”

Hammett, Dashiell. The Maltese Falcon. 1930. Vintage, 1989. pg 151- 152

In this quote, Spade is battling with his inner moral codes and trying to find a reasonable outcome that favors him. Spade, a man whose career ties in with the law tremendously, has found a way to the polar opposite of his career. Instead of abiding by the right thing to do, Spade now resorts to a mindset where it is every man for himself.