Return of the Thin Manby Dashiell Hammett
Dashiell Hammett was a crime writer who elevated the genre to true literature, and The Thin Man was Hammett's last—and most successful—novel. Following the enormous success of "The Thin Man" movie in 1934, Hammett was commissioned to write stories for additional films. He wrote two full-length novellas, for the films that became "After the Thin/i>… See more details below
Dashiell Hammett was a crime writer who elevated the genre to true literature, and The Thin Man was Hammett's last—and most successful—novel. Following the enormous success of "The Thin Man" movie in 1934, Hammett was commissioned to write stories for additional films. He wrote two full-length novellas, for the films that became "After the Thin Man" and "Another Thin Man." Bringing back his classic characters, retired private investigator Nick Charles and his former debutante wife Nora, who return home to find Nora’s family gardener murdered, pulling the couple back into another deadly game of cat and mouse. Hammett has written two fully satisfying "Thin Man" stories, with classic, barbed Hammett dialogue and fully developed characters.
Neither of these stories has been previously published (except for a partial in a small magazine 25 years ago). The Return of the Thin Man is a hugely entertaining read that brings back two classic characters from one of the greatest of mystery writers who ever lived. This book is destined to become essential reading for Hammett's millions of fans and a new generation of mystery readers the world over.
PRAISE FOR RETURN OF THE THIN MAN
"This first unabridged appearance of two Nick and Nora Charles 'novellas' by Hammett should be an occasion for delight, and it is." —The Wall Street Journal
"Read Return of the Thin Man and rediscover why Dashiell Hammett was the peerless master of crime fiction in all its dark and bloody glory." New York Journal of Books
"A volume no fan of Hammett's, of Nick and Nora Charles, of 'The Thin Man' series should even think of doing without." The Huffington Post
PRAISE FOR DASHIELL HAMMETT
"I think Hammett's stories are about the best there are." Ross MacDonald
"Hammett's prose was clean and entirely unique. His characters were as sharply and economically defined as any in American fiction." The New York Times
"Hammett . . . wrote scenes that seemed never to have been written before." Raymond Chandler
"The exuberance of language, the relish with which seedieness is described . . . it's a pleasure to imagine young Hammett cutting loose with whatever rascally high jinks he could cook up." Margaret Atwood
"An acknowledged literary landmark." The New York Times Book Review
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- 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Meet the Author
Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, screenplay writer, and political activist. He created enduring characters including Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse).
- Date of Birth:
- May 27, 1894
- Date of Death:
- January 10, 1961
- Place of Birth:
- St. Mary, Maryland
- Place of Death:
- New York
- Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
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First...the main issue: This is not a book, not a novel. It's a Screenplay with narrative preface and footnotes. I was very disappointed that this was not really emphasized in any area on this page. I got it on a special, which was reduced from the amount shown here. Still, it's terribly misleading and I deleted it after one reading.
love the nick and nora mysteries
Had nothing to do with story. It was a fragmented and oft repeated mish-mosh of Hammett's alcoholism and the struggles he had with MGM? I wasn't about to buy a "pig in a poke"
This is not a novel it's a screen play and not a very good one at that
These are screenplays - not novels. So they read a bit different from a novel; there are stage directions and <insert actor description here> tags. However, they are pretty good screenplays and read really well. I found them to be interesting and a good read. It's fun to see where the movies varied from the original screenplay.
Did all the talented writers get killed in WWI? I've read better stories that came out of a sophomore high school play.
story text. Also bad format with repeat paragraphs. had this hapoen with other samples where all of sample was p r and list of works and hype from reviews