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The Nice Guys: The Official Movie Novelization

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Holland March is a private eye with a defective nose and a broken arm. Jackson Healy is the tough guy who put him in a cast. Not the two most likely men to team up to hunt for a missing girl, or look into the suspicious death of a beautiful porn star, or go up against a conspiracy of the rich and powerful that stretches from Detroit to D.C. Hell, they’re not the most likel ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Hard Case Crime
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Not bad, except that it is very obviously a movie novelization. I haven't seen the movie, but it felt like I was watching it instead of reading it...
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holland March is a private eye, hired to track down deceased porn star, Misty Mountains - wait, she's supposed to be dead right? Not according the elderly woman who swears she saw her briefly before Misty turned heel and did a runner from her home - the day after flipping her car and officially being declared dead. March is a guy with questionable ethics, and he's sure as hell not about to let an easy payday pass him by. He takes the case but it doesn't turn out at all like he had hoped...

Simon McDonald
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Savvy readers know, of course: never buy the book based on the film. I know, I know; I can tear you tut-tutting, muttering I-Told-You-So’s. But here we are, I bought one, and the result is as you’d expect: a tad underwhelming. You need to understand, though: this is a novelization based on a Shane Black script – the guy who wrote Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Iron Man 3 – which has been turned into the movie starring Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe, The Nice Guys. Not only that, the book ...more
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well I thought this book was cute and fun. I even went and saw it in the theater afterwards, and it was just as fun as the book. Of course that makes sense since the movie came first. My point is that I never go to theaters and this book made me laugh so much that I had to see the movie. It's wonderful if you're looking for something fun and unexpected.
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Don't bother if you've seen the movie, the book doesn't offer anything new or any hidden depths.
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ardai's The Nice Guys is the novelized screenplay of the movie starring Gosling and Crowe as a mismatched pair of
detectives in a dark noir over-the-top comedic adventure. This is not a
traditional novel and it often feels visually as if you are watching a movie, not reading. The action is spelled out but perhaps the descriptions not as much. You can literally hear the narration, particularly in the beginning.

You get an enforcer for hire, a down on his luck cynical slapstick private eye who mus
Andrew F
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
It takes a very special attraction to make me want to read a novelisation. I made an exception for this one because a) it’s by Hard Case Crime and b) I was curious as to what a crime novel written by Shane Black might be like - to which this is the next best thing. Besides, since the movie flopped, there’s a dim chance a sequel could come in book form?

Anyway it’s pretty good - obviously extremely faithful to the movie, just with a few embellishments which are wholly in keeping with the character
Will Johnson
I'm not usually into media tie-in stuff or novelizations of movies but for some reason I had NOT seen The Nice Guys even though it features two of my favorite actors and utilizes the writing genius of Shane Black.

So when I saw the cool Hard Case Crime edition for pennies, I thought, "what the hell". So I read it and loved it. It IS based on the screenplay and the author of the novelization, Charles Ardai, does an excellent job of depicting Shane Black's excellent banter in text form.

I can't wait
Vincent Lombardo
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Normally I stay away from movie novelizations unless the writer doing it is a favorite of mine (for example Max Allan Collins on Road to Perdition or David Morrell on Rambo: First Blood part two) but this one came down to it being $1 at the Dollar Tree. Ha. But ended up pleased with the story, the characters, and the laughter that I had while reading it. One problem was the character of March whose problem with alcohol was used as a punchline. Especially when he was putting his daughters life in ...more
Roger Smitter
Bought the book at a $1/book display in a book store. Should have known better—especially when the movie version of the book was in the theatres.

Lots of characters. Mostly bad guys. But they are the kind of bad guys who do something that is more/less funny. But there’s not enough to sustain 270+ pages. Maybe the story line is better as a movie.
Ken French
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't generally read novelizations, but I enjoyed this movie and have read other books by Ardai, so I gave it a shot. It was fun in the same way that the movie was, but Ardai didn't add much to it. I would have liked a bit more background.
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doesn't add much compared to the film, but entertaining enough.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just as hilarious as the film.

Just as fast-paced, just as dumb and just as complex in its crime element. It was a wonderful little read!
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Snuck this one in just before the end of the year.

Enjoyed this, does a good job of capturing the tone of the film. Also, haven’t read a film book adaptation for a while, was nice.
Nicholas Finch
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-reviewed
It's easy language and the story flows in a straightforward way, but what I enjoyed most was getting more depth out of the lead characters that wasn't presented in the film.

A great addition to a really hilarious film that's begging for a sequel!
Craig Childs
I usually do not read movie novelizations but I made an exception for this one because I enjoyed Charles Ardai’s previous novels, plus I seem to find myself on an accidental 10-year quest to read the entire Hard Case Crime catalog.

The nice guys from the title are Holland March, an alcoholic recently widowed private investigator who is tracking Amelia Kutner, a person of interest in a murder case, and Jackson Healy, the tough guy Amelia hires to chase March away. Both men quickly realize there is
May 31, 2016 rated it liked it
A quick look on GoodReads reveals that Charles Ardai has written only a handful of books to this date. His most notable work being the "Fifty-to-One" crime novel which was the 50th book in the original ‘Hard Case Crime’ series before the break-up with Dorchester and the reboot of the series.

As a writer he may not be among the greats, but this man surely has done some pretty cool things in the field of pulp noir and has almost singlehandedly brought the golden oldies of crime fiction back to life
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unlikely pair of bad guys join forces to become good guys. I will admit I was a little skeptical when I saw this was part of the Hard Case Crime imprint but now that I have finished I have to say the HCC never fails. This one still hits hard, gives you a few wisecracking laughs, and tells a good story as it goes along. The two main characters are likable and interesting, each with enough of a shady background fro you to like them, but not want to take them home. I am hoping this becomes a ser ...more
Daniel McTaggart
This was a really fun book. Great adventure, humor, and a few twists I couldn't see coming. I wanted to read this before I watch the movie. And I knew I'd like it because I've enjoyed Shane Black's other movies, namely "The Long Kiss Goodnight." So maybe the ending of the movie is spoiled, but I don't care as long as I enjoyed the book. And as with any Hard Case Crime book, it was an impeccable reading experience.
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Nice Guys is a novelization of a film I've never seen, so I can't address how faithful an adaption this is or if the book is better than the movie. I can say the novel moves along at a good clip, is about two unlikely partners, and has good action sequences and many humorous moments. If that sounds like a vague description of Lethal Weapon it might be because the screenwriter of both films was Shane Black. This was an entertaining but not exceptional read.
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part were Good

I love Hard Case Crime books and I love the whole Hard Case philosophy and the way the books look and the idea of this book-- a movie tie in /novelization based on a current movie which is a cool retro idea. Notwithstanding all that this book was not up to par with other Hard Case books. Liked it. Didn't love it.
Charles Clark
Jul 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
This was a fun book up until the big impossible hollywood ending, and the little coda wasn't too hot either. The author of a book adaptation can't get away from his source material, so I won't hold that against him, but the ending did leave me disappointed.
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Faithful adaptation of a fun film. The author sticks to the story line, fully developing the likable characters and presenting the physical comedy in ways that are easy for readers to visualize. Some great lines, both in the script and not.
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was a bit dissapointed in this book. I was hoping for a good private eye story but this one came up short. I could not connect or even really like the main characters. They come across as buffoons. The best part of this novel was the 13 year old character Holly.
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smooth like butter.
Laura Emery
sort of funny...vacation reading
Peter Guzzo
rated it really liked it
Jun 24, 2016
Brian Wilson
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the film so I just had to read the novel. Plus, I really like the Hard Case Crime series of books - they're just quick, fun reads. This one adds depth to the movie (although it didn't really need it). But you couldn't read this and enjoy the story nearly as much without seeing the film - the story needs the music, the visuals, and the....well, scum, from the film. The movie has everything this story needs to make me happy. The book was just nice back story.
Sam Mlyniec
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May 12, 2016
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Charles Ardai is a founder of Hard Case Crime, a pulp crime novel publisher, as well as an editor and author. In 1991 he received the Pearlman Prize for his fiction. He also writes under the pen name Richard Aleas.