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The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
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Jan 13, 2008

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Recommended for: crime fiction readers
Read in January, 2008

Nick and Nora Charles are debonair couple who bring the reader through a maze of speakeasies, dark alleyways and meetings with well chiseled characters. I have been recently on a Hammett kick and the last two novels I felt like I had a good idea how the crimes were committed and who they were committed by -- this one I was lost kind of like that 'haze' in a dream. I couldn't quite pinpoint where things were going or why... and let the story and the author tell me for once and I gave up guessing.
It's a fun read and it really gives you a in-depth perspective of Prohibition-- how speakeasies were run -- how the counterculture responded and Hammett sketches a nice picture of the flapping or roaring 20s. For Nick and Nora Charles there were pretty roaring -- Nick -- the retired private investigator kicks back a few drinks in between every thought or action. A raging functional alcoholic who appears lucid and logical throughout his investigation is another likable character. Nick and Nora are endearing couple -- and once I warmed up to them I really want another novel with these two wealthy socialites investigating more crimes. After checking out Hammett's canon of novels -- I guess this is his last and will probably be my last sip. All in all a great winter read... and one that goes well with a White Russian or Scottish coffee.
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Nora Dillonovich I just picked this up and am so excited! I've been on a noir and classics film kick. I can't wait to watch The Thin Man series with Myrna Loy!

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