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Return of the Thin Man

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  584 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
Dashiell Hammett was a crime writer who elevated the genre to true literature, and The Thin Man was Hammett's last--and most successful--novel. Following the enormous success of "The Thin Man" movie in 1934, Hammett was commissioned to write stories for additional films. He wrote two full-length novellas, for the films that became "After the Thin Man" and "Another Thin Man ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by Mysterious Press (first published October 31st 2012)
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Michael
Dashiell Hammett is often referred to as one of the ‘Big Three’ when it comes to pulp fiction along with Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain. He is known for his hard-boiled novels turned film noir classics including The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man. Return of the Thin man is a collection of two previously unreleased novellas featuring Nick & Nora Charles from The Thin Man.

While “After the Thin Man” and “Another Thin Man” have been promoted as two never before published novellas, these are
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this review, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

It's "Thin Man" week here at CCLaP! And in fact, it was pure but lucky coincidence that the original 1934 novel came up in my "CCLaP 100" reading queue this month, which I then followed up with a screening of the equally famous 1934 movie; because it just so happens that a brand-new contemporary book on t
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Erik
Sep 28, 2015 Erik rated it liked it
Not really "never before published novellas" but story treatments for the first two Thin Man movie sequels fleshed out with other material so they make logical sense

Finds Hammett working not in his usual hard-boiled style or even the breezier writing of the Thin Man novel, but in the cutesy martinis-murder-and-wisecracks style of the film.

Not a literary find on par with the work discovered and published in "The Lost Stories" or "The Hunter" but well worth it for the Hammett completist.
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 14, 2016 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Contains two novellas, After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man in which Nick Charles and his wife Nora solve crimes. These novellas were written for the movies.
Jan C
Oct 11, 2016 Jan C rated it liked it
I listened to this one. The back story for The Thin Man sequels is narrated. But After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man are read as screenplays with different readers doing Nick and Nora. Not sure if there were other cast members, too, or not. But you do get to see how much was changed after Dashiell Hammett's story. There was also another story, Return of the Thin Man which brought back a number of characters from The Thin Man but had them all moved out to San Francisco.

This is really for Ham
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Michael
Aug 03, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, film
Reutrn of the Thin Man contains two previously unpublished film treatments of the first two Thin Man sequels (plus on brief synopsis of an unfilmed sequel) with additional notes about both films. The stories are enjoyable enough, although all of the Thin Man stories use the same basic setup, which can get boring after a while (Dashiell Hammett stopped writing Thin Man stories after the second sequel since he too was sick of the series). If you've never read or watched a Thin Man book or movie be ...more
Margaret Sankey
Under contract to the studio after the unexpected success of The Thin Man, and momentarily behaving in between bouts of alcoholic and gonorrhea, Hammett cranked out two novella-length story treatments on which the studio's screenwriters based the first two sequels. Hammett, although delivering to the letter of his contract, was clearly having a good time skating as close to the censor's line as possible with innuendo, dark motives and sight gags. For anyone familiar with the movies, these never- ...more
Jill
Jun 16, 2017 Jill rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I actually think the movies are both better and more fun, but I still really enjoyed these. This is a compilation of a couple Thin Man Stories.
Grady Ormsby
Dec 10, 2015 Grady Ormsby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy old movies from Turner Classic Movies, especially film noir, crime and suspense. Some of my favorite films are the comedy/mystery movies from The Thin Man series with William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles. The movies are based on Dashiell Hammett’s novel The Thin Man written in 1934. I just finished a volume entitled Return of the Thin Man. It is actually two novellas written as screen stories: After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man. They are written from an interesting ...more
Franky
Unfortunately, Hammett’s lost treasures didn’t turn out as good as expected. The two “never published” installments of The Thin Man series—After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man—are billed as “novellas” in the blurb on the cover, yet in truth are screen play adaptations.

The unfortunate aspect is that much of the power of The Thin Man—the mystery, the humor, the suspense—is really stripped away in this format. Gone is the feel of a true noir one might get while reading. The wit and charm betwee
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Pete
Nov 20, 2012 Pete rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks


It's usually no fun to read something when the author didn't want to write it, as that tends to come across (see: Mostly Harmless). Return of the Thin Man begins with the backstory of these two script treatments, and how Dashiell Hammett came to write them, then leave the franchise behind after Another Thin Man, apparently sick of Nick and Nora.

The consequence is that the first half, After the Thin Man, is enjoyable, and displays the wit the films are known for, and the second half, Another Thi
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Softail
Mar 17, 2013 Softail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is more great "Thin Man" stuff. If you liked the originals, you won't be dissappointed in these two. Same great sense of humor and ironic sarcasm that put Hammett at the top of his trade. There are two "Nick and Nora Charles" (and Asta) novellas in this book.

Both stories are actually screenplays now reprinted pretty much with out change resulting in a slightly quirky style that's kind of fun to read. Occasional stage directions are simply written as prose. As in this description of an ac
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Randy
Sep 25, 2012 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was with great delight that I sat down to read this book. A long time Hammett fan, the idea of two new, never before published, Thin Man novellas was just to good a deal to pass up.

What we have here is Hammett's stories developed for the second and third films in the series, AFTER THE THIN MAN and ANOTHER THIN MAN. Not exactly as one would read them in a magazine, but the crisp dialogue, the by-play between Nick and Nora Charles is all there.

Before and after each story are essays that discuss
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B.R. Stateham
Jan 29, 2013 B.R. Stateham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is Hammett's movie treatments for two movies MGM wanted to make after the success of Hammett's The Thin Man. So the two novellas are not exactly novellas; you will find parenthetic comments within the story about what's trying to be portrayed aimed at the director. Still, each story is a damn good read.

Dashiell Hammett had a wonderful sense of reality for his era. It comes out vividly in his words.
Louis Arata
Oct 05, 2013 Louis Arata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed Hammett's quick-witted dialogue and sly humor, and it was fun seeing the genesis of two of the movies, After The Thin Man and Another Thin Man. As with the novel The Thin Man, there's more "adult" humor and themes than how the stories were sanitized by the production code. I would have liked to learn more about the adaptation process from novella to screenplay.
Huckleberry
Nov 24, 2016 Huckleberry rated it liked it
Shelves: noir, mystery
This book contains two stories written as screenplays; "After the Thin Man" and "Another Thin Man". The first is set in San Francisco and the second goes back to New York. Both contain significant amount of drinking (like the original) although it tapers off noticeably in the final. The dialogue is still on par for Hammett and the interaction between Nick and Nora is entertaining.

They do not live up to the original, however, they are written and presented as screen plays so slightly different wr
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Chris
Dec 17, 2012 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
This newly released book includes some never before published Thin Man stories by Dashiel Hammet. The book also includes introductions to the book and the stories that provides some rather intriguing insight into the production of the Thin Man series of movies. It should be noted that the stories in Return of the Thin Man are actually the "Screen Stories" that were used to write the screenplays for the second and third Thin Man movies produced by MGM. As Screen Stories, the writing contains the ...more
P.S. Winn
Mar 07, 2017 P.S. Winn rated it really liked it
Nick and Nora Charles are back and into yet another mystery. The dashing couple will have readers glued to the pages as the mystery unfolds.
Ralph
Mar 15, 2013 Ralph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The Thin Man film was based on Dashiell Hammett's novel of the same title, but the five sequels were not based on any of Hammett's fiction. In fact, the last three were not based on any input at all from Hammett; only the first two sequels were based on Hammett's plotting and dialogue, which came from screen treatments written by Hammett when he was under contract (and closely supervised by MGM), and those scenarios are what appear in this book. I say this because a common complaint, which usual ...more
Daniel
Nov 11, 2013 Daniel rated it liked it
I received a copy of this from the publisher via Goodread's First-reads give away program.

The "Thin Man" movies are among my favorite, and I can always go for a good film noir, but I haven't yet read Dashiell Hammett, the writer responsible for so many of the classic characters and styles of these movies. It was a pleasure to finally read some of his work, though when it says "novella" it really does mean the " ".

The two stories here are really informal scripts, written in a distinctive simple s
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Robert Smith
May 27, 2013 Robert Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Return of the Thin Man was a nice read. The further adventures of Nick, Nora and their dog Asta, the book consists of two novellas that Hammett wrote specifically to be adapted into the screenplays for the first two Thin Man sequels, "After the Thin Man" and "Another Thin Man". These novellas seem more like first drafts of the screenplays as they're written in present tense and there's not a ton of description. However the dialogue is razor sharp and the balance of mystery and comedy that Hammet ...more
A.M.
Nov 02, 2013 A.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
It must be the worst things as a writer to make a character that you hate and would prefer not to write, and then in some act of perversity, they become your most famous and popular character. So it was for Agatha Christie and Poirot. And so it is for Dashiell Hammett and Nick and Nora Charles.
The cover is a tiny bit of a lie; they read more as screenplays than novellas. They include stage directions and makeup hints. It is an easy read and some of the extra information is intriguing. The studio
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Claudia
Funny, clever, snarky. And complicated mysteries at the heart of both these screenplays. RETURN OF THE THIN MAN and ANOTHER THIN MAN. I was hoping to count them as two books, but they are not.

In RETURN, Nick and Nora return to San Francisco and get embroiled in a family mystery. It's so funny how much Nora's proper family hate Nick, but they turn to him when they get into trouble. The screenplay has actors performing the lines, and a narrator reading all the stage directions. They are as clever
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thewestchestarian
Jun 12, 2013 thewestchestarian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dashing sequel that exceeds the original in comprehensibility, wit and drinking. Hammett, who knew from adult beverages, returns with his hard-drinking, one-liner laying, too-cool-for-school married detectives Nick and Nora Charles in a comedic, case-solving romp. Like the original they are joined by a strong supporting cast of characters - some who bring the funny and others who bring the menace needed to give this short novel (based on Hammett's movie script) the dramatic tension needed to p ...more
Melissa
The Thin Man was a revolutionary novel which paired the detective noir style with comedic dialogue between a husband and wife duo. The books, all of which were turned into movies, were a huge hit. Nick and Nora Charles gained a big fan following and now these two previously unpublished Thin Man stories are available. Both stories were turned into films, but have never been available as a book.

I loved the first section of the book the most. It gives the nonfiction evolution of the books and Hamm
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Yvette
Oct 22, 2013 Yvette rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
The two “original screen stories” in the newly published Return of the Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett are a delight to read. Also included is Hammett's very brief treatment for "Sequel to the Thin Man." I’ve enjoyed every Thin Man movie I’ve seen and it was interesting to read the actual early screen treatments, though it left me wondering how I had never read Hammett before. The original novel of The Thin Man as well as The Continental Op are now high on my TBR list.

Each of the stories is bookend
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Kathleen
Jul 12, 2016 Kathleen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, anthology, 2016
More Nick and Nora, yay!

Return of the Thin Man isn't so much a novel as it is two film treatments by Hammett, for After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man respectively. It shows pretty badly, too; Another Thin Man in particular gets nigh unreadable at times and I'm still not sure what, exactly, it was about, who did what, and who committed which crime (though it does have a great ending).

That said, it's actually pretty fun to read. The introductions and conclusions give some insight onto Hammett
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Frances
I WISH THERE WERE MORE.

Nick and Nora Charles are probably my two favorite fictional characters of all time. I love them together, and I love them separately. You know who they totally remind me of? The parents from Easy A. Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson. They just...aren't taking life too seriously.

And SO SMART. Like, whip smart. We need more characters like this. Their marriage is part of what makes this work - how casual they are instantly makes the reader/viewer feel comfortable.

Dashie
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Div
Sep 13, 2016 Div rated it it was amazing
Equally funny, gripping and interesting as the movie was.
Christopher Taylor
Jan 08, 2015 Christopher Taylor rated it really liked it
Although this is simply a print treatment of the original script write up for the Thin Man sequels (After the Thin Man and Another Thin Man), they are presented with fascinating background details, historical information, and inside bits on what was going on behind the scenes.

Each of the two stories is written halfway between prose and script, and reads like a novel. Hammett's skill at dialog and plotting remains, although his descriptions are necessarily stripped down. There are notable differe
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Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hardboiled detective novels and short stories. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon), Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man), and the Continental Op (Red Harvest and The Dain Curse). In addition to the significant influence his nove
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