Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Thin Man

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett  269 pp.

Although I have seen (and own) all the classic "Thin Man" films starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, I had never read this book. It is much like the movies with all the alcohol consumption and quirky characters who all know the famous, now former, detective Nick Charles. Charles gets caught up in a murder mystery after being approached by the daughter of an old acquaintance for help finding her father. Even though he keeps repeating that he is no longer a detective, he ends up being front and center in the investigation. I listened to the audio version and it is nicely done. My only complaint was that the woman doing the voice of Nora Charles did not give the sharpness to Nora's sarcasm that Myrna Loy gave in the films.

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