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The Return of the Thin Man Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908800208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908800206
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Hammett was the ace performer. He did over and over again what only the best ever do at all' Raymond Chandler.

'The Return of The Thin Man is a must for enthusiasts, with plenty of his trademark snappy dialogue as well as fascinating commentary by Hammett's granddaughter Julie M Rivett and biographer Richard Layman' Guardian.

'A welcome addition to the bibliography of Raymond Chandler's only equal' Independent.

'These two novellas by Hammett are newly discovered sequels to the classic - rough around the edges, but authentic diamonds nonetheless' Saga.

'Hammett's ability to convey so much in so few words makes these tales as fresh to read now as the day they were penned' Big Issue.

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Dashiell Hammett, born in 1894, is the author of five novels, including The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man. He had spells as a newsboy and stevedore before joining the Pinkerton Detective Agency, which laid the foundation for his writing career. He died in 1961.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Smith on 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. All very like a brilliant 70's album cover where the music is a bit disappointing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judi Moore on 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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By Remnant on 10 April 2013
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Two Thin Man stories and an outline/treatment. These works were written by Hammett for the production of the Thin Man film series so they don't quite read as smoothly as novels should (novellas - 100pages a piece). For example, scenes are sometimes set like a screen play. However, they do have the customary wit and verve of the author and if you are a Hammett fan there is much to enjoy - you can see the development of the Nick Charles character that appeared on the big screen. More for completists and fans than new comers to Noir fiction. An amazing find however and I am grateful the book was published
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By Chris on 15 Oct. 2013
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I love Dashiell Gannett stories. Short stories. Novels. Letters even. However this is a film script. True, it has the window dressing of a story, but it lacks depths of Hammetts prose. Plus the first five per cent of the book is pointless summary of the history of the Thin Man films. I lasted about twenty per cent into the book then decided to review. Nice enough if you're a fan and never seen the film, but if you want prose, go to a bookshop.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Winker54 on 24 May 2013
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I grew up watching the black and white movies of the Thin Man, Philip Marlowe, and Sam Spade on TV, and always particularly enjoyed the sharp dialogue which I tried to capture in my own detective novel,SOFT IN THE MIDDLE,(a light-hearted novel about an inexperienced detective employed by his ex-wife to find her current lover). So it was a treat to discover this previously unpublished story although, as it was written for the film series, it does not run as smoothly as a fully developed novel would, and perhaps the wit was not as sharp as I remembered. However, it was still great to renew my acquaintance with one of my favourite detectives.
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