Return of the Thin Man

Return of the Thin Man

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by Dashiell Hammett
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
“Caustic dialogue, shocking plot twists, and edge-of-one’s-seat suspense characterize these masterpieces of crime fiction, brought vividly to life with a stellar full-cast performance. Return of the Thin Man is an absolute ‘must-have’ for fans of Hammett’swork.”
Wisconsin Bookwatch

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“Scott Brick . . . Holds our attention. . . . Ganim nails retired private investigator Nick Charles’ ethanol-fueled unflappability and smoothly honed wit, making Charles an ideal match and occasional foil for . . . Nora, played by Nicola Barber with wicked humor and worldly forbearance. . . . Hammett fans, new and established, will be pleased.”
Booklist

“Narrators Peter Ganim and Nicola Barber do capture the charming, boozy banter of Nick and Nora. . . . Scott Brick’s narration—crisp, properly hardboiled, and highly energized—creates a subtle, pleasing atmosphere for the proceedings. Acting as a sort of audio host, he compliments the actors with an on-point rat-a-tat delivery.”
Publishers Weekly

New York Times
“Peter Ganim and Nicola Barber shine as the witty Nick and Nora Charles, and Scott Brick’s narration securely anchors the story.”
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Wisconsin Bookwatch
“Fans of the films will find virtually all the suspects and plot twists already present in Hammett, together with much of the banter between retired detective Nick Charles and his socialite wife, Nora, all wrapped up in the lightly comic tone established by [the original movie].”
Kirkus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802194121
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
166,937
File size:
6 MB

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).

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Return of the Thin Man: Two never-before-published novellas featuring Nick & Nora Charles 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love the nick and nora mysteries
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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"
JayMT More than 1 year ago
This is not a novel it's a screen play and not a very good one at that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did all the talented writers get killed in WWI? I've read better stories that came out of a sophomore high school play.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
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