Thursday, November 3, 2016

THE THIN MAN - Dashiell Hammet

"The ace performer..... I did not invent the hard-boiled mystery story and I have never made any secret of my opinion that Dashiell Hammet deserves most of the credit.

Raymond Chandler

Retired detective Nick Charles and his new wife Nora become embroiled in a murder while attempting to have a few drinks and a pleasant Chrsitmas in New York.

The couple are plunged into a world of - gangstersmanipulators, corpses and speakeasies". 

This is hard-boiled at its best with a great story, characters and the dialogue is first rate.  If you have never read Hammett treat yourself.  This story might have been written in 1934 but it could have been published yesterday.

This book was made into a very decent movie with several sequels which were great fun starring William Powell and Myrna Loy.

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