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The Thin Man (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) (edition 2005)

by Dashiell Hammett

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Title:The Thin Man (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)
Authors:Dashiell Hammett
Info:Vintage Books USA (2005), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 208 pages
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I'm glad I read this classic but have no desire to read anything else by the author. Although I was told that his other books aren't like The Thin Man in tone so maybe, someday, I'll be persuaded to try another.

I didn't have any idea who did it - and honestly couldn't have - until the very end, which was nice. But I also didn't like any characters, so that wasn't nice at all. Nora was the closest I came to liking someone and there really wasn't much more of her besides getting Nick drinks.

Between the shrewish women and the sexist men (yes, I know it's the cultural atmosphere of the time), I didn't like the book as much as I had hoped I would. ( )
  amcheri | Aug 22, 2016 |
Lighter in tone and more moneyed than one might expect from a noir. Well-plotted with many false leads that kept the ending a surprise. Disappointingly, Nick's investigative technique was having gallons of drinks and waiting for information to come to him, and Nora was even more underused. ( )
  xicohtli | Jul 20, 2016 |
And I loved the movies also. ( )
  Greymowser | Jan 22, 2016 |
I probably would have liked The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett much more if I hadn't had the excellent 1934 movie of the same name to compare it with. Nick and Nora Charles are so firmly planted in my brain as William Powell and Myrna Loy that it was difficult to accept the print version, which was slightly different.
The bond between this married couple is there in the print version and some of the humor but the light touch of sophistication, the twinkle in William Powell’s eye, the clever sassiness of Myrna Loy, and most importantly the charisma between these two actors was lacking in the book version.

The plot is shrouded in a web of lies and deceit that Nick has to sift through in order to find the murderer in this convoluted mystery. I did however, find the women characters of Dorothy and her mother, Mimi, very interesting and well done. Overall I prefer the more hard boiled noir style of Sam Spade, but Nick Charles, with his laid back observations and his ability at reading people certainly got the job done. The sheer amount of liquor that Nick and Nora consumed, along with their odd lifestyle was strangely fascinating to read about.

Although not as much fun as the movies I found The Thin Man had enough charm and wit to make it a worthwhile read. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jan 22, 2016 |
Nick and Nora Charles have come to New York from San Francisco for Christmas and New Year’s Eve when they become drawn into the murder of a missing mad scientist’s secretary and the antics of his crazy family and other colourful characters. The plot and mystery thickens as various suspects show up but aren’t easy to pin to the murder. Nick hasn’t been a sleuth in a number of years, and this is the first time Nora’s been in on any type of case. There is plenty of alcohol, fighting and all night antics during this investigation.

I liked this better than I had expected, given that I’m not generally big on hard boiled detectives in books. Perhaps because I was tired and exhausted while reading this, dropping off for several unplanned naps, or perhaps because it was so well done, but I really didn’t clue into the real perpetrator myself for once. I read this for a Nora and Nick challenge, and it was a rather fun read.
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  Karin7 | Jan 21, 2016 |
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The Thin Man, Dashiell Hammett's classic tale of murder in Manhattan, became the popular movie series with William Powell and Myrna Loy, and both the movies and the novel continue to captivate new generations of fans.

Nick and Nora Charles, accompanied by their schnauzer, Asta, are lounging in their suite at the Normandie in New York City for the Christmas holiday, enjoying the prerogatives of wealth: meals delivered at any hour, theater openings, taxi rides at dawn, rubbing elbows with the gangster element in speakeasies. They should be annoyingly affected, but they charm. Mad about each other, sardonic, observant, kind to those in need, and cool in a fight, Nick and Nora are graceful together, and their home life provides a sanctuary from the rough world of gangsters, hoodlums, and police investigations into which Nick is immediately plunged.

A lawyer-friend asks Nick to help find a killer and reintroduces him to the family of Richard Wynant, a more-than-eccentric inventor who disappeared from society 10 years before. His former wife, the lush and manipulative Mimi, has remarried a European fortune hunter who turns out to be a vindictive former associate of her first husband and is bent on the ruin of Wynant's family fortune. Wynant's children, Dorothy and Gilbert, seem to have inherited the family aversion to straight talk. Dorothy, who has matured into a beautiful young woman, has a crush on Nick, and so, in a hero-worshipping way, does mama's boy Gilbert. Nick and Nora respond kindly to their neediness as Nick tries to make sense of misinformation, false identities, far-fetched alibis, and, at the center of the confusion, the mystery of The Thin Man, Richard Wynant. Is he mad? Is he a killer? Or is he really an eccentric inventor protecting his discovery from intellectual theft?

The dialogue is spare, the locales lively, and Nick, the narrator, shows us the players as they are, while giving away little of his own thoughts. No one is telling the whole truth, but Nick remains mostly patient as he doggedly tries to backtrack the lies. Hammett's New York is a cross between Damon Runyon and Scott Fitzgerald--more glamorous than real, but compelling when visited in the company of these two charmers. The lives of the rich and famous don't get any better than this! --Barbara Schlieper

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Nick Charles searches for a wealthy inventor who is the prime suspect in a New York City murder case.

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