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Tom Trencher
Fictional Character
"The Maltese Elephant"
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Posthumous references
Nationality: United States
Date of Death: c. 1930
Cause of Death: Shot to death
Occupation: Private detective
Affiliations: Bowman and Trencher Detective Agency

Tom Trencher was a private detective in San Francisco. He and his partner, Miles Bowman, were hired by a woman calling herself Claire Lenoir to follow a man named Evan Thursday. While on the job, Trencher was murdered. He'd been having an affair with Bowman's wife, Eva. Naturally, suspicion immediately fell on Bowman.

Literary Comment[]

Left,Ricardo Cortez was the first person to play Sam Spade on the screen; right, Humphrey Bogart, the most famous person to play Sam Spade in any media.

Trencher is based on Dashiell Hammett's detective, Sam Spade.

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