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4.0 out of 5 stars Roughly done but fun for fans.
In the early 1930's the writer Dashiell Hammett, among his various other detective stories such as "The Maltese Falcon" wrote a murder mystery, "The Thin Man" that involved a husband and wife duo, Nick and Nora Charles. She was a wealthy socialite, he was a onetime detective and playing off each other they entertained as they solved the crime. The story was bought by...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad for What It Is, but Be Aware of What You Get
The subject of this book surely needs no introduction to fans of the late Dashiell Hammett, who remains one of America's most-renowned crime fiction writers even more than 50 years after his death. Hammett created many memorable characters (in all senses of the word), including detective Sam Spade and the Continental Op. But arguably his most popular characters are the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Film scripts, not original works, July 4, 2014
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E. King (Oro Valley, AZ USA) - See all my reviews
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I bought it thinking these were 2 unpublished works by Hammett titled After the Thin Man & Another Thin Man. What they REALLY are is the 2 scripts for the popular films of the same name. They read as a script would. They're fine for anyone wanting to read the script to a movie they've already seen. I've owned the DVD series for years & am quite familiar with them all, enough so I hardly need a printed version of these two films (the final 3 were pinned by others).
The original Thin Man by Hammett was the basis for the first film, The Thin Man. That book differs somewhat from the films, as most books do. However, I stress this book contains 2 film scripts, not original stories upon which the two films were based, as was the case with the original.
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4.0 out of 5 stars These are not novellas, May 7, 2014
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These sequels to the Thin Man were written by Mr. Hammet, in collaboration with the film corporation, as screenplays for the movies. They are still worth reading if you are a Hammet fan.
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1.0 out of 5 stars BUYER BEWARE a screenplay not worth the time or money, April 1, 2014
This is a sad excuse for a Dashiell Hammet work. He is a top notch author. I was really disappointed. I have read all of his novels and was hoping for another fabuous read. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY
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3.0 out of 5 stars Never meant to be seen by the public, March 23, 2014
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GA Russell (Raleigh, NC United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Return of the Thin Man (Paperback)
I'm confident that both fans of Dashiell Hammett and fans of the Thin Man movies will be curious to read these two drafts of movie scripts. I enjoyed reading this book.

But look. This is not good literature. Hammett never intended the public to see these items. The publisher refers to these as "novellas", but they're not. These are rough drafts of screenplays which are themselves intended to be written by others.

It most definitely would be inappropriate for someone who would like to give Hammett a try to read these, thinking that they were representative of his work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, February 25, 2014
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Les Stockton (Winchester, OK) - See all my reviews
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The story was great and I really enjoyed it thinking about how the movie was done. THere are differences, but what really got me was how much different it was then from how things are now. Plus, it seemed like assumptions and stereotypes were so different then. and attitudes were different. It was good, in some ways, to see how far we've come from some of those perceptions.
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1.0 out of 5 stars don't by it!!!!, February 4, 2014
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it is not what think! it is a rough movie script, and not very well done. rent the move it is better!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected treat!, December 12, 2013
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Hammett was a ground breaking writer of "hard boiled" noir. I loved the movies with Powell and Loy and dearly wish they could make another. To find some new works was a great find.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excitement ended when realized it was screenplays, November 19, 2012
This review is from: Return of the Thin Man: Two never-before-published novellas featuring Nick & Nora Charles (Hardcover)
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I was so excited to read the lost novellas of the Thin Man but.. it turns out it is just the one of the first drafts of the screenplays. It is an interesting look into the process but it was some what a miss direction in what the book really is. Some might find it entertaining to see from what it takes to go from the printed word to film, but It is only for true fans only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Aficionados of Mystery of Any Level Will Find Much to Enjoy and Contemplate Here, November 16, 2012
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This review is from: Return of the Thin Man: Two never-before-published novellas featuring Nick & Nora Charles (Hardcover)
RETURN OF THE THIN MAN is more than an historic literary document. The volume consists of two works written by Dashiell Hammett following the film adaption of his iconic novel, THE THIN MAN. The creations, titled AFTER THE THIN MAN and ANOTHER THIN MAN, are screen stories, somewhere between novellas and screenplays, that were written by Hammett for film sequels following the grand success of the original movie. Though almost 80 years have passed since they were written, it's amazing how well the prose stands and dances across the printed page.

AFTER THE THIN MAN is set in San Francisco, beginning but a few moments after Nick and Nora Charles and their dog Asta arrive by train from New York. A surprise welcome home party for them is marred by a murder that occurs literally on their doorstep. It is connected to Nora's cousin, Selma, who has married neither wisely nor well, and whose philandering husband all too soon becomes the second victim. Selma is suspected of the murder, and it is up to Nick to prove the contrary. He goes about this task with great aplomb, wisecracking and bearding Nora's family at every turn --- they feel that Nora has married far below her station, and even Nick would agree --- expressing somewhat less than the expected gravitas for such a task until the climax of the piece, when the true murderer is revealed.

ANOTHER THIN MAN takes place in New York State, where Nick, Nora, Asta and the newly arrived Nick, Jr. are visiting the mansion of Colonel MacFey, a former business partner of Nora's late father. MacFey is a grumpy curmudgeon who is totally lacking in insight and who seems to consider the world and everyone in it to be his personal doormat. He is also in fear of his life, and events quickly demonstrate that he possibly is not totally lacking in insight after all. This is a somewhat darker and better tale than AFTER THE THIN MAN, though it shares its predecessor's penchant for witty dialogue from the sharp-tongued, almost constantly inebriated Nick, who still demonstrably retains the wherewithal to pull himself together when the occasion demands, blood alcohol ratio notwithstanding. There is a bit of a fish-out-of-water element to this story as well, and though paternity does not seem to have compelled Nick to change his hedonistic ways, he nonetheless demonstrates that he takes his fatherly duties seriously.

The format of these two novellas takes a bit of getting used to, a matter that is resolved within the first few pages of AFTER THE THIN MAN. The dialogue is written in screenplay form, and some scenes are told rather than shown, as the directive goes. Still, Hammett's ability to write sharp dialogue shines through after lo these many decades; it still brings a laugh. There is also arguably a contemporary connection: while Robert B. Parker's Spenser is often compared to Raymond Chandler's Marlowe, one can draw a direct line from Nick and Nora Charles to Spenser and Susan as well.

And while the two previously unpublished works that comprise the balance of RETURN OF THE THIN MAN would be worth the price of admission alone, there is the lagniappe of an introduction by Richard Layman. There are also headnotes and footnotes for each novella by Julie M. Rivett, which provide background into Hammett's life and creative process --- warts and all --- as these works were being written, as well as the variations between Hammett's stories and the film versions.

Aficionados of Hammett's writing and mystery students of any level will find much to enjoy and contemplate here.

Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
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2.0 out of 5 stars Skip this and watch the films, November 15, 2012
This review is from: Return of the Thin Man: Two never-before-published novellas featuring Nick & Nora Charles (Hardcover)
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I was disappointed with this book. It was promoted as two novellas, but is in fact two "screen stories" - basically dialog with some descriptions that set the scene. There is also a brief synopsis for an untitled Thin Man sequel.

The introduction and afterwards which give background and context to the scripts are interesting, but overall, I'd rather just watch the films.
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