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.
Novel that introduced Nick and Nora Charles to the world. One of the classics
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.
"The first, finest, and most famous adventure of Nick and Nora Charles, involving an unknown number of "perfect" crimes and two lovely girsl fighting over Nick --- and Nora never losing her cool. Dashiell Hammett is the originator of today's most popular mystery fiction, the novel of suspense and detection. Out of his experiences as a Pinkerton Detective, Hammett created the characters of Sam Spade and Nick Charles, on who are based all the tough bullet-chewing private eyes. His plots are new and realistic. They have been continuously imitated by never equalled."
Dashiell Hammett's last novel is a pip. Celebrate the movie by reading the book...