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  • Posted March 30, 2010

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    A classic hard-boiled detective tale

    Nick and Nora Charles are enjoying Christmas in New York, with its merry round of parties, speakeasies, and the theatre, when a young woman approaches Nick and asks whether he's heard from her father. Nick recognizes the girl as Dorothy Wynant, whom he last knew years ago when he worked a case for the girl's father, eccentric inventor Clyde Wynant. Nick used to be a private detective, but as he explains to Dorothy, he's no longer in the trade.

    Not that his insistence on that fact means anything when Clyde Wynant's assistant suddenly turns up dead. The police, the former Mrs. Wynant, mob enforcers, Clyde Wynant's lawyer, even Nick's wife---everyone seems to believe Nick should be working the case. And despite his protests, Nick finds himself intrigued. There are plenty of suspects, and Nick can't entirely accept that the most obvious one---Clyde Wynant, himself---is the real culprit.

    I don't read mystery often, but when I do, it's usually of the hard-boiled detective variety. Considering that The Thin Man is a well-known classic in that genre, it's unsurprising that I enjoyed reading it. Nick and Nora Charles are charming, the mystery compelling, and the minor characters engaging.even if they are familiar types. I loved Nick's voice, and the fast-paced patter of dialogue, although I will say I rather missed some of the more atmospheric, noirish description I've encountered in other hard-boiled detective fiction. Still, The Thin Man is a lot of fun, and the perfect introduction to a classic author.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    Excellent Acting in This Audio Cassette Version

    Let me begin by noting that I am reviewing the audio cassette version of The Thin Man that stars Daniel J. Travanti as Nick Charles and Lynne Lipton as his young and wealthy wife, Nora. If you are like me, you met The Thin Man first in the movie series. Those movies have Nick Charles straddling the gap between the 'haves' and the tough guy world with insouciance as he waltzes with the wealthy socialites and unravels fatal plots. The book itself is much darker, directly suggesting alcoholism, incest, adultery, and all the minor crimes . . . and deadly sins. The view is that humans are thoroughly flawed, but some can rise above that to serve others anyway. That is the nobility of the Nick Charles character . . . as he staggers out of bed in the afternoon with yet another hangover. Helping out old clients is his source of redemption against the temptations he cannot resist. The world view is probably somewhat autobiographical as Hammett spent more of his time in Hollywood late in his career, rather than working as a fiction writer. The echoes of F. Scott Fitzgerald are very strong, especially to Tender Is The Night. For those who love the classic 'tough guy' stories by Hammett, this one can never have the same appeal. Nick is still tough, but he mostly shows it by taking abuse with style. That's a feminine kind of toughness that comes from maturity. He passes off the chances to trade punches when they arise. The characterizations of Nick and Nora Charles are the strength of the novel. But the book transcends that by also creating a picture of a flawed marriage between two people with hearts of gold who love each other, but are also killing each other. The development of the relationship is brilliant. I would like to especially note that the acting by Daniel J. Travanti as Nick brings a great sensitivity to the role. When I read the book, I put a snarl into a lot of the Nick lines when he is beset by yet another visitor or telephone call. Mr. Travanti wisely chooses to share an equivocal openness instead. I think his reading is correct, and added much to my appreciation of the story. Whoever cast him for this role deserves commendation as well. The mystery itself isn't very mysterious. It just has lots of red herrings. If you judge mysteries by the quality of the plot unfolding of that mystery, you will probably rate this book at 3 or 4 stars. I rated this audio cassette version for 5 stars based on the story line about the nature of modern people and relationships, and the superb acting by Mr. Travanti. After enjoying this dramatization of the story, I suggest that you think about what temptations are difficult for you to resist. How will those temptations undermine your life and your relationships? How can you occupy yourself in ways so that there will either be less temptation or you will be more able to resist it? To your good health and that of all your relationships! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2002

    The Last Novel Completed by Hammett

    Although this was the last novel completed by Hammett, he did live for over twenty-six more years until 1961. The story introduced the dashing couple Nick and Nora Charles. If you entertain romantic notions about New York City in the 1930's, this will help you enjoy the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Thin Man

    Just a pleasure to read. Good detective story and great period piece. It's what made him and Raymond Chandler so appealing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    These people drink like fish

    From breakfast until the small hours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Icetsil

    Padded in.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Med cat den

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Noir

    Classic noir fun read

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

    A Great Classic!

    Going on vacation, I decided to take along some recognized classics. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! Dashiell Hammett is always a good read no matter how familiar with his novels you may be.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    Ok but not his best

    'The Thin Man' was Hammett's last novel. Unlike 'The Maltese Falcon' which had a mean and lean quality to it with characters you can't forget, his last novel seemed padded and most of his characters uninteresting. He wastes four and a half pages in telling the story of cannibalism in the old west. This would be a good technique if the story related to the current story. For example, if the story mentioned some treasure that disappeared and now people are getting killed because of the treasure. This is one of those rare times that I liked the movie rather than the novel.

    I gave 'The Thin Man' two stars. Even though I was disappointed with this novel, Hammett is still better than the people who try to imitate him. I guess that his time working as an operative for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency put a little edge in his writing. As a wanabe writer, I know you can do research and try to make things realistic, but if you have lived what you are writing about - you can put in all those little details that will let your readers know that you have 'street cred'. R Hemingway

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2005

    Here is the 'skinny' on The Thin Man

    The Thin Man, by Dashiell Hammett is an exceptional realistic modern suspense novel. Anyone who liked Hammett¿s previous books such as ¿The Maltese Falcon,¿ The Continental Op, and Red Harvest will love The Thin Man. While a little short on action, The Thin Man has well-developed interesting characters, none of which are spared suspicion for murder. The Thin Man is the story of Nick Charles, an ex- detective living with his wife, Nora, in San Francisco. The year is 1933, and he hasn¿t worked on a case for 6 years, and wasn¿t planning on ever working on one again. But that was before he ran into Dorothy. The story begins when Nick and Nora are staying in New York City for the winter holidays. Dorothy is the daughter of a former client, Clyde Miller Wynant. The next day, there is an article mentioning her father, Clyde, in the paper. His employee (and supposed girlfriend), Julia, has been murdered in her apartment. Suspiciously, the person who found her dead was Clyde¿s recently re-married ex-wife, Mimi Jorgensen, who was searching for her ex-husband when she stumbled upon Julia¿s body. Nick Charles soon discovers that it is a smaller world than he thought, and people he knew and dealt with previously are mysteriously connected to the murder. Who killed Julia Wolf? And why? Was it Wynant himself? Was it the perhaps jealous ex- wife? Was it the rival inventor with whom Wynant had had a row with years before? Even Nick Charles is a suspect. The answers can only be found in the thrilling pages of ¿The Thin Man,¿ a novel recognized as Hammett¿s very best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2001

    A Great Murder Mystery That'll Make You Laugh!!!

    This is a classic detective novel from the greatest detective novelist, Dashiell Hammett. The Thin Man is a well-crafted mystery with the best husband and wife mystery duo, Nick and Nora Charles. This book is a rarity: it'll keep you in suspense and it'll keep you laughing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2000

    A classic for every home library

    This is a classic detective novel from one of America's most famous detective writers.

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