Return of the Thin Man

Return of the Thin Man

The Original Screen Stories

Book - 2012
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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." Bringing back his classic characters, retired private investigator Nick Charles and his former debutante wife Nora, who return home to find Nora's family gardener murdered, pulling the couple backinto another deadly game of cat and mouse. Hammett has written two fully satisfying "Thin Man" stories, with classic, barbed Hammett dialogue and fully developed characters.

Neither of these stories has been previously published (except for a partial in a small magazine 25 years ago). The Return of the Thin Man is a hugely entertaining read that brings back two classic characters from one of the greatest of mystery writers who ever lived. This book is destined to become essential reading for Hammett's millions of fans and a new generation of mystery readers the world over.
Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9780802120502
Branch Call Number: FIC Hamme
Characteristics: 233 pages ; 24 cm.

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dvermeirre
Mar 17, 2017

This turned out to be a disappointing experience.
I expected novels or novellas, and instead it turns out these are two fairly dry film scripts.
The writing very closely matches what was rendered on screen in After the Thin Man" and "Another Thin Man". Powell and Loy's performance in the movies was excellent, and the script does not give added texture to the story as it appears on screen.
Overall, the book is historically interesting, but a disappointing read.

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forever_ice17
Mar 07, 2014

I loved these screenplays. I am fan fan of all the movies, but the first three are the best, because of Hammett's contributions. These were the original stories of the second and third Thin man films, before they were given to the screenwriters. They are fun, witty and exciting. Highly reccommend to Thin Man fans.

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