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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
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:in 2009, fiction, crime, C20, anglophone

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a re-read with the Mystery and Thriller group ( )
  Pezski | Jun 8, 2017 |
Dashiell Hammett. Asta. Nick & Nora Charles. Pure classic mystery! How is it I could picture these four never having had read them?

So. What a surprise!! My goodness, Nick & Nora couldn't get out of bed in the morning without a drink! I had no idea!!

The secondary characters were full-fleshed. The writing didn't suffer from a lack of editing. I was going to give it 4 stars, but I have no upped it to 4.5.

And the plot. I kept wondering where it was going. Who dunnit? No spoiler alerts needed here. Read this book: it is timeless.

I just talked myself into another half star.... ( )
  kaulsu | May 22, 2017 |
Fast read, but very annoying people. Occasionally amusing. I was suspicious of the bad guy from the beginning, but not enough to figure out everything. Mostly I was amazed at how much Nick, Nora, and their crowd drank and yet they mostly seemed to be able to stand and speak coherently. Not a favorite. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Apr 25, 2017 |
A masterpiece of detective fiction, filled with vivid, amusing and infuriating characters, consistently puzzling plot twists, cool and ironic dialogue, and wickedly perceptive writing. Better even than the William Powell / Myrna Loy movie version, and that is saying a lot. ( )
  JackMassa | Nov 23, 2016 |
The movies made based upon this book are a very sanitized version: audiences at that time would have probably shrunk at some of the unsavory characters and situations. The Nick from the series of five movies (played by William Powel with the lovely Myrna Loy as his wife Nora) was funnier, had a stronger sense of humor. I suggest people read the book before they watch the movie. (May contain spoilers.) Although I enjoyed the book—but prefer the movie—I was a bit taken aback by some of Nick’s reactions. Or, in a case specifically, lack of reaction: when an 18 year-old kid tells him he is experimenting with drugs purely for observation… It is hard to believe an adult man would take this statement so calmly without raising an eyebrow at least, especially considering when the book was written. ( )
  MrsRK | Nov 21, 2016 |
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AzarnickCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I was leaning against the bar in a speakeasy on Fifty-second Street, waiting for Nora to finish her Christmas shopping, when a girl got up from the table where she had been sitting with three other people and came over to me.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679722637, Paperback)

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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