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The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett
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Mar 31, 09

bookshelves: mystery, theboxmarkeddone
Read in December, 2008

"Why don't you stay sober today?"
"We didn't come to New York to stay sober."
(p. 153)

A great book, full of smooth-talking guys and dangerous dames. Nick and Nora Charles, a rich socialite and her ex-detective husband, get sucked into investigating the murder of an old client of Nick's. If Nora wasn't all that I'd hoped, if there are a lot of women who get hysterical and have to go lie down - well, the book was written in 1933, a little early for modern ideas of feminism to have taken root. But Nora is a smart cookie, and for all his hard-drinking ways, Nick is a good detective - and he loves her for her contributions.

This is the original stuff, kid, the place where Chandler et al came out of. Comparatively, Hammett seems a bit dry these days - where Chandler still seems original and fresh, Hammett seems a bit cliched. But as he was the inventor of these cliches, perhaps that's a relatively small complaint. After all, it was original when he wrote it.
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Mohammed Have you read The Continental OP,Red Harvest ?

Hammett was most famous for OP stories. This book was good,fun but not typical for Hammett. His other less traditional Noir books like the ones i mentioned are dark,corrupt and alot less clichè,typical than Chandler Marlowe stories.


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