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3.0 out of 5 stars Does Hammett no justice...., 6 Feb 2013
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This review is from: The Return of the Thin Man (Kindle Edition)
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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