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Nick Charles is asked by a pretty blonde to help find her father, a wealthy inventor. Nick and his wife Nora are soon caught up in a complicated web of confused identities and cold-blooded murder.
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Fun, straight-forward mystery novel. If you've seen the movie (and if you haven't, what's wrong with you?) starring Powell and Loy, then you get the idea. The movie was a fairly faithful adaptation of the book. The exception being that I think Hammett envisioned Nick Charles as a bit tougher looking, than William Powell and the subject matter is given greater depth and verity, in the novel. And I was surprised to find that Nick Charles is the son of a Greek immigrant who changed his name, upon arriving in America. A small point, but not mentioned in the movie (mentioned 3 times in the book).

Light hearted, in approach, though with some seriously dark themes and moments, it makes a nice mix that's uncommon today. Maybe it was uncommon, back in the day, as well. To be honest, I enjoyed the movie a good bit more and part of my real enjoyment of the novel was hearing Nora's lines as being read by Myrna Loy.

Worth reading, but not one of my favourite mysteries. A good, solid read, by a writer who knows how to work the language. ( )
  James_Patrick_Joyce | Oct 24, 2020 |
Goes down smooth with just as much charm as the movie (plus a little more detective action). Nick Charles is a now-retired New York private investigator who married the younger and wealthier Nora and now manages her business interests (in between cocktails) from their home in San Francisco. Nora is game for anything and particularly interested in Nick's past as a detective. Their dog, Asta, is really only around in the novel when convenient, but I still love her.

The whole gang goes to NYC for the holidays and ends up getting sucked into a murder mystery that is tied up with one of the weirdest families on record, but their banter and alcohol tolerance don't miss a beat.

I've read several Dashiell Hammett books, but somehow missed this one and it was just the kind of pulpy distraction I needed.

Chapter 22 is a work of art. ( )
  kristykay22 | Jul 7, 2020 |
I was happy to read the comments from those that did this buddy read. Other than that, if this is an example of Classic Noir, I don't think I'm going to be a fan. I didn't like anyone. The writing at times was hard to understand since it was written in another time and place. A couple of things I had to go and look up and realized it would have been better for me to just watch an old black and white movie instead.

"The Thin Man" follows Nick Charles, a former PI who is dragged into looking for a missing man he used to know, Clyde Wynant. Wynant goes missing after a former mistress/lover of his is found murdered. Clyde's terrible ass family shows up and asks him to find Clyde and or just act genuinely annoying. Someone else called them sociopaths in one of the updates and honestly I agree.

Nick Charles is the main character in "The Thin Man." I assume the movies make him and Nora (his wife) more partner like. But besides Nora calming down people, ordering Nick food, and making Nick a drink, there wasn't much for her to do. Oh yeah, she laughed about her husband being flirted with right in front of her.

The other characters are cringe worthy individuals.

Mimi Wynant is a terrible mother to her two kids, Dorothy and Gilbert. She's obsessed with finding her ex husband to see what money she can shake out of him. In a crazy scene she loses it and goes incoherent with rage. She also beats her daughter and everyone acts like that's cool.

Dorothy is a low rent Lolita wannabe.

Gilbert is obsessed with his sister (yeah not in a good way) gives her drugs and talks about taking cocaine to make himself sharper. As one does.

There's the guy having an affair, but that's okay cause his wife is awful. Shakes head.

Nick is thrown up against criminals and cops and finally announces who did it. I didn't follow the clues at all. So it was a surprise to me.

The writing was typical of the 1930s. I didn't care for it much though. The flow was awful. It was just people drinking and shouting at each other. There's also a random story about cannibalism I'm still confused about including.

The setting of New York during the Christmas holiday didn't feel realistic at all. Did any character mention cold or snow? New York during the last days of Prohibition should have been awesome as a setting.

The ending as I said was just a sad trombone sound come to life. Nick explains to Nora the who and the why. She argues with him, he ignores her, and they talk about New Year's Eve.

The end.
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  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Lies piled on half-truths
poor unwilling detective,
solve the case with booze. ( )
  Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
You know those washing powder tests on TV? You do something impossibly disgusting to a little white affair, pop it in the machine with Brand X and - hey presto, it comes out better than new.

I felt really guilty about starting this book. I'd just finished Perlman's Seven Types of Ambiguity which so moved me in every way as a reader that I wanted to turn next to something that Perlman could spoil without my caring. Sure enough, I was disappointed by this to the extent it almost got the flick. But I was fairly sure if I did that, the next one and the one after that would be spoiled too. I'm so glad I persevered.

I suspect the Seven Types of Ambiguity effect aside, there was also the phenomenon of putting Chandler and Hammett together. Forget that, put it entirely out of your head, for if you expect Hammett, having come to him from Chandler to be 'like' him, you will be disappointed, he couldn't be further apart in terms of style and, if it comes to that, content in important ways. Chandler describes things, he observes his world with a savage and critical wit. Hammett describes nothing, he could not scarcely be more minimalist. Marlow is on the outside looking in, Charles is on the inside.

Marlowe thinks, Charles drinks.

I was rather taken aback by the fact that Charles is an indolent rich person who spends his life partying and drinking before breakfast. But once I got used to the fact that he is on the inside, this is such good stuff....I'm going back for more. ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
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