Novel that introduced Nick and Nora Charles to the world. One of the classics
An enjoyable fairly easy read. I remembered the movies from when I was young. I thought this would be set in San Francisco, but it is in New York.
Lots of 'red herrings' that lead the reader astray, making it fun to keep guessing the outcome.
A peek into the 'idol rich' lifestyle of post war America.
Such a fun read! Fast-paced dialogue, convoluted plot (a Hammett trademark), some great screwy characters. The classic movie is a worthy interpretation of this book.
I was a little disappointed in this novel. I didn't find myself connecting to any of the characters. I felt like the story was a bit flat. Definitely not what I'd expect from a Dashiell Hammett novel. If this is your first novel of his, I suggest skipping it and reading Red Harvest or the Maltese Falcon because they are of a greater quality.
Nick and Nora Charles are Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners.
This was a very good mystery by Dashiell Hammett. I liked the characters and the plot was very good. It was a page-turner to the very end and the killer was a complete surprise. Although The Thin Man was very good, I think I like The Maltese Falcon better. That being said, I definitely will be reading more of Hammett's mysteries as I like his style of writing very much.
A classic whodunit. Former ace private detective Nick Charles and his wife, Nora, are in New York City for the holidays when he's asked to look into the murder of a young woman. Though he doesn't want to get involved, he's pulled deeper into the investigation by members of the Wynant family, various suspects and even the police. The book is peopled with quirky characters, any of whom might be the murderer, and filled with delightfully snappy dialog. Somehow, between his breakfast booze at the crack of noon and the wee hours spent drinking bad hooch in speakeasies, Nick cracks the case. The book brought back happy memories of Sunday afternoon black and white movies starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, who were masterfully cast in a series of Thin Man movies. A fast and fun read.
A dark novel about an ex-detective who has just married a wealthy woman, and wants to spend the rest of his life managing her money. He is dragged unwillingly into a murder, and is almost a victim himself. Lots of cocktail pouring and cigarette lighting form the background to the Thirties era. Hammett's stories can vary from lighthearted to grisly: this one is somewhere in between. If you've seen the old film, read this to see what you missed. Smartly written, with lots of great characters.
Nick and Nora: one of my favorite couples. I remember watching this old B&W a long time ago. I was ready to change the channel but Nick spewed one of many witty and dry lines, and I was hooked. I very much hoped that the book would capture that same playful and loving chemistry b/w him and his better half, Nora. It did not disappoint. That aside, the playing out of this who-done-it was carefully crafted and kept me engaged at every turn. What a hoot it would be to eavesdrop on Sherlock Holmes and Nick discussing a case over drinks in a speakeasy.
From the back cover, "Nice and Nora Charles...are a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. At once knowing and unabashedly romantic, The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners." Written in 1933.
"Nick and Nora Charles are Dashiel Hammett's most enchanting creations, a rich, glamorous couple who solve homicides in between wisecracks and martinis. The Thin Man is a murder mystery that doubles as a sophisticated comedy of manners."