- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Mysterious Press; 1St Edition edition (November 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802120504
- ISBN-13: 978-0802120502
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Return of the Thin Man: Two never-before-published novellas featuring Nick & Nora Charles Hardcover – November 6, 2012
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"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 Post
PRAISE 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
About the Author
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The former Pinkerton detective turned to writing detective stories when he was afflicted with tuberculosis, a disease that would plague him most of his adult life. He wrote stories for “the pulps” – popular detective magazines and a series of novels that set the standard for noir fiction, and in fact likely still set the standard.
He published “Red Harvest” in 1929, followed by “The Dain Curse” that same year. Then came :The Maltese Falcon” in 1930, “The Glass Key” in 1931, and “The Thin Man” in 1934. The novels are written tightly and concisely, and are full of action, unexpected turns, and a fair amount of violence. (One of Hammett’s fellow noir writers, Philip Marlowe, gave this writing advice to authors facing writing blocks: “When in doubt, have to men come in the door with guns.”) A group of his stories was published as “The Continental Op.”
Hammett’s influence on writers – and on the movies – extended far beyond noir fiction. He’s considered so influential, in fact, that Library of America has published a volume of his novels and a volume of his short stories.
My first awareness of Dashiell Hammett was watching The Thing Man movies of the 1930s and early 1940s on television. Starring William Powell as detective Nick Charles and Myrna Loy as his wife Nora, the movies were widely popular when they were first released. If you’re familiar with the movies at all, it’s almost impossible to see anyone but William Powell when you read the Hammett novel.Read more ›
Hammett's fifth and final novel, The Thin Man, differs from his prior works in its sense of humor. The culture clash between hard-bitten, alcoholic Nick Charles, and his glamorous wife Nora's old-money world, enlivened by the kind of quick banter Hammett perfected, remains funny decades later. That's saying something, since humor doesn't age well. Not for nothing is the movie adaptation, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, considered classic.
But by the time The Thin Man hit shelves, Hammett had already grown bored of his own fame. Publishers, fans, movie studios, and paparazzi all thought they owned a piece of him. He felt estranged from the world he wrote about, and cared more about leftist politics than about his six-book contract, which remained incomplete at his death, nearly twenty years later. A known drunk with a razor tongue, Hammett was turning into Nick Charles.
These two novellas, written under contract for MGM, provide a glimpse into a mind on the verge of collapse. But calling them novellas does them, and Hammett, an injustice. These are screen treatments that the studio would turn into the movies After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man. And they look like exactly what they are, screen treatments. Hammett dedicates all his energy to action and dialog, and none to the atmospherics that make his novels so powerful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A little hard to get into since they are more story treatments than novellas, but worth reading if you are a Thin Man fan.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
These screen treatments from the creator Nick and Nora (like all of Hammett's work) have stood the test of time.Published 3 months ago by Lindell V. Riddle
I really enjoyed this book. The main character and his wife have a great sense of humor.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Just like the movies. I didn't know he was involved in the screenplays. His version apparently toned down a bit.Published 6 months ago by Peter Grosso
Return of the Thin Man
Dashiell Hammett wrote short stories and novels that were popular successes. Read more
Interesting characters and plots. Fast and funny reading. More facts on the writer, Dashiell Hammett, that wasn't know to many people.Published 15 months ago by Mj7055
I love the Thin Man movies. You can imagine Powell/Loy and the other people in the story. I had never read Hammett before, can't wait to read more of his stuff.Published 15 months ago by Jan Bridges