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The Thin Man - eBook

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I love Nick and Nora. They are the perfect detectives of the prohibition age. One where there is much drinking, a couple of parties, and no actual sleuthing as Nick manages to get involved in the murder of an old acquaintance, against his objections. Nora is a wonderfully intelligent woman, a bit ditzy, but mostly fun. Nick is her husband, an older gentleman who married into money (But not FOR money). He truly loves Nora. Asta is their dog. She doesn't play much of a role, but Asta's presence makes the book. The writing is tight. Clues are giving as part of natural conversation, with me guessing till the end who is the murderer. Truly a master novel of the genre.

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In Dashiell Hammett's famous crime novel, we meet one of the detective-story master's most enchanting creations, Nick and Nora Charles, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a classic murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.

The Thin Man - eBook

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Publisher
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author
Dashiell Hammett
ISBN-13
9780307767509
ISBN-10
0307767507

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I love Nick and Nora. ...
I love Nick and Nora. They are the perfect detectives of the prohibition age. One where there is much drinking, a couple of parties, and no actual sleuthing as Nick manages to get involved in the murder of an old acquaintance, against his objections. Nora is a wonderfully intelligent woman, a bit ditzy, but mostly fun. Nick is her husband, an older gentleman who married into money (But not FOR money). He truly loves Nora. Asta is their dog. She doesn't play much of a role, but Asta's presence makes the book. The writing is tight. Clues are giving as part of natural conversation, with me guessing till the end who is the murderer. Truly a master novel of the genre.
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This was a horrible pi...
This was a horrible pick for One Book One Denver (as they all have been, IMHO). I got about 97 pages into it, but just couldn't go on. Anyone who has ever facilitated a book club knows not to pick a mystery -- what can you talk about? How can this be a meaningful book for community conversations? Well, I'm finished with it...there are too many good books to waste time on one that's just not grabbing my attention.
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I love Nick and Nora. ...
I love Nick and Nora. They are the perfect detectives of the prohibition age. One where there is much drinking, a couple of parties, and no actual sleuthing as Nick manages to get involved in the murder of an old acquaintance, against his objections. Nora is a wonderfully intelligent woman, a bit ditzy, but mostly fun. Nick is her husband, an older gentleman who married into money (But not FOR money). He truly loves Nora. Asta is their dog. She doesn't play much of a role, but Asta's presence makes the book. The writing is tight. Clues are giving as part of natural conversation, with me guessing till the end who is the murderer. Truly a master novel of the genre.
Most helpful negative review
1 customers found this helpful
This was a horrible pi...
This was a horrible pick for One Book One Denver (as they all have been, IMHO). I got about 97 pages into it, but just couldn't go on. Anyone who has ever facilitated a book club knows not to pick a mystery -- what can you talk about? How can this be a meaningful book for community conversations? Well, I'm finished with it...there are too many good books to waste time on one that's just not grabbing my attention.
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Former detective Nick ...

Former detective Nick Charles and his wife Nora travel to New York City for the Christmas/New Year holidays. While there, Nick runs in to the daughter of an old client, and soon after learns that the client's former lover has been murdered. Despite his protestations of early retirement, Nick finds himself drawn into the family and the case. Dashiell Hammett is considered a master of the hard-boiled detective fiction novel, and I certainly found that to be the case with this novel. The Thin Man immediately drew me, fascinating me with its characters and making a quick read with its sharp and witty language. Hammett doesn't linger long on descriptions yet I always had perfect pictures in my head of what was going on, where it was happening, and exactly who it was happening with or to. Hammett deftly crafts a dysfunctional family in the Wynant/Jorgensen household, a seedy cast of degenerates in the mobsters and informants Nick encounters, a beleaguered police force, and more, all of who felt well-rounded and believable. And of course, Hammett creates here the famous Nick and Nora couple, who are absolutely delightful in their interactions together. The story and particularly its characters were so compelling that I found I wasn't really trying to solve the case like I usually do with mystery books. Yes, I was a little suspicious of certain characters here and there, but I wasn't really formulating theories of my own much because I was too busy just waiting to see what happen next. By the end of the novel, I was certainly surprised by the tale that Hammett wove and hadn't remotely guessed the conclusion at all. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and will be looking forward to reading more Hammett in the near future. I'd recommend this book for those who read for plot as well as though who read for character and, of course, I'd especially recommend it for fans of mystery novels.

The Thin Man was Dashi...

The Thin Man was Dashiel Hammet's final novel. It sticks with the familiar hard boiled themes and motifs common in his previous works like the Continental Op series or The Maltese Falcon. There are scenes showcasing the gritty underbella of prohibition era America and the thugs and speakeasies of the time. Where the Thin Man takes a different tack is that our main hero is a "retired" detective Nick Charles. Nick got married 4 years ago to Nora, a rich socialite from the West Coast. When Nora's father died, Nick left detective work behind and has taken on some responsibility for overseeing the businesses. Granted, his level of "oversight" seems to involve hobnobbing, spending money and doing a lot of drinking. The novel is set during Christmastime in New York City. Nick and Nora are enjoying a luxurious vacation when Nick runs into Dorothy, the daughter of a family he did detective work for years ago. Her father, Wynant is missing and she wants Nick to help find him. Nick says he's retired and gives her some ideas of who she might call. A bit later it is revealed that Wynant's secretary has been found murdered. Wynant's family members and associates keep turning up asking Nick to help find Wynant. The police also try to rope him into helping them solve the murder. More and more details are revealed and more suspects keep turning up. One of the suspects ends up shooting Nick and Nick decides he can't stay out of the investigation any more and starts gumshoeing. He still tries to defer to the police where he can and keep the press at bay as they try to get him to admit to working the case. Nora is enthralled with seeing her husband work and she keeps trying to push herself into the action alongside him. I love the banter between Nick and Nora. They are both so witty and sarcastic. It's a lot of fun to see them tease each other and especially fun when they're teasing in front of other characters or teasing other people. A lot of the other characters don't seem to know what to make of the Charleses. It's pretty funny. While this is still a gritty murder mystery full of all sorts of suspects both from high and low society, it is definitely less grizzly than the Continental Op. There were action sequences but they weren't as intense or drawn out as in Hammet's other works. The tone and action was closer to Maltese Falcon than the Op books. I really enjoyed the mystery of this book. There are a ton of little nuances and extra layers that add to the complexity. While some of the characters felt a little flat and stereotypical there were also a lot of very distinctive and interesting characters. Wynant's family members are each very outrageously distinct and quirky. Wyant's lawyer and business associates are a little more predictable but still interesting and add flavor. As with a lot of these early mystery novels, the final revelatory narrative is a bit drawn out with Nick going into a lengthy monologue explaining just what happened and how and by whom. I did like the humor that Hammet brought into this scene through short comments between Nick and Nora as she questions just how it is that he knows these things. In some cases his response is that "it's the only way that makes sense"...in other cases he comments that he's "not sure" but he suggests that by making deductive theories in one direction, it's sure to put pressure on the real guilty party and expose something they don't want exposed. All in all I really enjoyed this story. It was a funny, exciting and intriguing mystery tale. While the overall mystery elements were all actually pretty complex in their unraveling, the actualy resolution was quite simple and seemed to make a lot of sense once fully explained. In the end this made for a rather satisfying conclusion. After reading the book, I sat down with my wife and we watched the movie based on the book. I loved that Dashiel Hammet received top billing. The movie was pretty faithful to the overall plot of the book although it did start out providing significant back story prior to the introduction of the Charleses. This served as a good introduction to Wynant and his family and associates. I felt like this change was a good way of putting a face to a character (Wynant) who otherwise is almost always "off screen" but constantly talked about. They did make a significant change to the "Dorothy" character. In the book she's flighty, erratic and just possibly a little crazy. In the movie she seemed pretty grounded and she's engaged to be married (which introduced a new character but also got rid of her "flirting" with Nick). Most of the other characters and situations remained the same until the very end of the story. Rather than having the final revelation meeting happen in the room of Wynant's wife and family, Nick sets up a dinner party and invites all of the suspects to attend. During the dinner he announces that he's brought the killer in and expects to reveal him or her there. The dinner party scene certainly made for better theater by adding more tension and suspicion as well as providing more opportunity for situational humor. Overall I really enjoyed this book. I've had a lot of fun reading Hammet's works and I look forward to reading more. If you're in the mood for a "Noir" mystery without as much grittiness but with just as much intrigue and fun, The Thin Man is definitely a good place to start. ***** 4.5 out of 5 stars

A brilliant detective ...

A brilliant detective novel that takes place in the early 1930's, the Thin Man is a perfect blend of mystery, comedy, suspense, and booze. Nick and Nora Charles are vacationing in New York, when they get involved, against their will at first, in a mysterious murder involving a wealthy inventor, his family, an attorney, and many incredible thugs in speak-easies. A fast read, only 200 pages, and a lot of fun.

I want a drink, pleas...

"I want a drink, please." "Why don't you have some breakfast first?" "I don't know. It's too early for breakfast." The married couple Nick and Nora - and their dog - are traveling to New York to celebrate Christmas and New Year - Nick is a former detective and when they arrive they learn a murder have taken place. A young woman is shot and the main suspect is an inventor - professor Clyde Wynant - who had an affair with her and have now gone into hiding covering a secret invention. Unfortunately for Nick he's approached both by family members of Wynant, by the police and shot at by a mafia-guy - he's forced to take up the case to save his skin. During the investigation we meet a lot of eccentric characters and come to suspect them all at one point or another. Great guessing. I just love the hard-boiled atmosphere of the 30's New York mixed together with a swift and funny dialogue (the feeling of a good screwball-comedy) - there's no attempt at nuanced characters or revealing much of their inner life - it's just cruising along easily. And this must be a record cocktail-sipping novel. Every opportunity is used for mixing up a drink - going to evening parties and hanging out in bars to the early morning and then ordering take-away. Do they ever sleep? I don't think so. Too busy entertaining us. Nora said: "She's pretty." "If you like them like that." She grinned at me. "You got types?" "Only you, darling- lanky brunettes with wicked jaws." "And how about the red-head you wandered off with at the Quinns' last night?" "That's silly," I said. "She just wanted to show me some French etchings."

I love Nick and Nora. ...

I love Nick and Nora. They are the perfect detectives of the prohibition age. One where there is much drinking, a couple of parties, and no actual sleuthing as Nick manages to get involved in the murder of an old acquaintance, against his objections. Nora is a wonderfully intelligent woman, a bit ditzy, but mostly fun. Nick is her husband, an older gentleman who married into money (But not FOR money). He truly loves Nora. Asta is their dog. She doesn't play much of a role, but Asta's presence makes the book. The writing is tight. Clues are giving as part of natural conversation, with me guessing till the end who is the murderer. Truly a master novel of the genre.

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