“Considering Nick and Nora Charles are wise-cracking, cocktail swilling, no-nonsense socialites it is no wonder why I loved this book. They inhabit prohibiton-era New York peopled by gansters, tough cops, tough dames and manipulative socialites, so evocative and gritty. This detective story doesn’t quite compare to my love for Philip Marlow (Raymond Chadler’s creation) but still thoroughly enjoyed it.
“I read this book after seeing the movie, and loved them both, but although they had the very same plot the book came off as serious while the movie played as comedy. Very weird experience.”Lane wrote this review Tuesday, January 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In this, Hammett's final novel, we get the best of both crime traditions, a combination of Christie-ish mystery (with plently of clues and red herrings) and the hardboiled world. Tonally, it's perhaps lighter than earlier works, his writing comprised mainly of character descriptions and the usual, unique style of dialogue. The suspect mother and daughter, Mimi and Dorothy, make for memorable femme fatales and the enjoyable couple Nick & Nora were, of course, also immortalised in the movie franchise.”KasperL wrote this review Tuesday, December 20, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I saw the movie before I read the book (didn't even know there was a book until recently). Both film and book are very similar, but the film is much more charming and fun because of the chemistry between William Powell (Nick Charles) and Myrna Loy (Nora Charles). A nice bonus when reading the novel is I had completely forgotten whodunit.
The language and imagery are really fun in this in the harden detective genre. My favorite quote by a suspect mobster being rough up by the police:
[Morelli] felt his face gingerly with one hand. "That's where the new ones come from. They had me resisting more arrest just for good measure before they turned me loose."”
“While Nick and Nora Charles may be independently wealthy and run in an eclectic set that brings to mind the party scene in Breakfast at Tiffany, Nick's history as a private detective draws them into the seedy underbelly of 1930s New York. Hammett's dialogue is crisp and sharp as a shotgun blast, and his penchant for red herrings is deftly executed. The only weakness is that the women tend to be over-emotional dizzy dames (even Nora), though the men are much more diverse in character. Still, it's a great front door for those looking to explore the house of noir mysteries.”wurd nurd wrote this review Sunday, November 20, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Hammett is a master of spare, evocative prose. His sleuths are sophisticated and wealthy but with grit and underworld (it is during Prohibition) connections. The 30s movie of this wasn't off the mark, except for dwelling on the glamorous night life (reflecting the penchant of the Depression when people didn't need much realism in film, they had too much of it at home.) Witty banter between character is de rigeur.”Bombadillo wrote this review Saturday, October 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“How do I love Hammett....let me count the ways! This book is flawlessly executed!”TJ Book Babe wrote this review Monday, October 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyed this greatly. The story kept me going until the last moment. I was dead wrong in guessing the bad guy. For all fans of Dashiell Hammett, this is a must. ”Alex K wrote this review Wednesday, September 21, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“4.5 STARS Brilliant characters, engaging plot and great writing. A MUST read. I love Nick and Nora's relationship and Asta is uber cute.
“ ‘The Thin Man’ was Hammett’s last novel. Unlike ‘The Maltese Falcon’ which had a mean and lean quality to it with characters you can’t forget, his last novel seemed padded and most of his characters uninteresting. He wastes four and a half pages in telling the story of cannibalism in the old west. This would be a good technique if the story related to the current story. For example, if the story mentioned some treasure that disappeared and now people are getting killed because of the treasure. This is one of those rare times that I liked the movie rather than the novel.
I gave ‘The Thin Man’ two stars. Even though I was disappointed with this novel, Hammett is still better than the people who try to imitate him. I guess that his time working as an operative for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency put a little edge in his writing. As a wanabe writer, I know you can do research and try to make things realistic, but if you have lived what you are writing about – you can put in all those little details that will let your readers know that you have ‘street cred’.”