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The Return of the Thin Man [Kindle Edition]

Dashiell Hammett
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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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 PostPRAISE 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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Although characters and stories like Sam Spade and The Maltese Falcon are famous the world over, despite the New York Times' description of him as the 'dean of the school of hard-boiled noir', Dashiel Hammett wrote only five full-length novels in his career.

The Thin Man was the last of these, published in 1934.

But Hammett wrote two other 'treatments' for investigator Nick Charles and his nemesis Charles Wynant; the 'thin man' of the title. Lost when Hammett retired as a novelist, together those treatments form the continuing story of The Thin Man, which is now being published for the first time.

Dashiell Hammett died in 1961. His influence inspired writers as diverse as Raymond Chandler and William Burroughs and changed the face of crime writing forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 743 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ERA6SG
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does Hammett no justice.... 6 Feb 2013
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Please be aware that this is not a Hammett novel in the true sense and although the description calls it a 'treatment' that doesn't really explain things adequately. What we have here is something akin to a draft screenplay and includes the occasional instruction to (or from?) a hypothetical director which, when you first see it, creates some confusion as it appears to be part of the main narrative. These instructions are not even in italics to allow them to be distinguished from the story. As for the plot and characters, these do not live up to Hammett' s usual high standards. Nick Charles in particular seems a little restrained and lacks the wit we expect from him and the plot meanders rather aimlessly from one murder to the next taking in a variety of pretty uninteresting and often irritating characters. I suppose the publication of this 'find' is great for completists but the best thing about the whole exercise is the sleeve, which is excellent and is a masterpiece of eye-catching marketing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does Hammett no justice.... 6 Feb 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Please be aware that this is not a Hammett novel in the true sense and although the description calls it a 'treatment' that doesn't really explain things adequately. What we have here is something akin to a draft screenplay and includes the occasional instruction to (or from?) a hypothetical director which, when you first see it, creates some confusion as it appears to be part of the main narrative. These instructions are not even in italics to allow them to be distinguished from the story. As for the plot and characters, these do not live up to Hammett' s usual high standards. Nick Charles in particular seems a little restrained and lacks the wit we expect from him and the plot meanders rather aimlessly from one murder to the next taking in a variety of pretty uninteresting and often irritating characters. I suppose the publication of this 'find' is great for completists but the best thing about the whole exercise is the sleeve, which is excellent and is a masterpiece of eye-catching marketing. All very like a brilliant 70's album cover where the music is a bit disappointing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not so much a book more a film on paper 7 July 2013
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Enjoyable, but ...This isn't really a book. Nor is it a screenplay. It's a sort of cross between the two. It is in places exciting, and in other places funny, and in some places both. In some places it is either or both in spades. But a novel it ain't.
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