The Thin Man

Dashiell Hammett’s 1934 delightful detective confection was left under the tree for somebody else, but how could I resist taking another tour of my favorite of all mystery stories? The couple at its cocktail-laced center, Nick and Nora Charles, may just be the most charming married pair you’ll ever come across in a novel, and Hammett’s original book (his last) is even more winning than the entertaining William Powell-Myrna Loy movie.