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The Thin Man

Pulp Noir

The Thin Man
by Dashiell Hammett

Thoughts Going In

I am expecting excellence. I'm sure I recognize the book's title from the movie of the same name. So, that should speak highly of the source material, right?

In any event, I'm expecting a true to life detective novel, no fanciful gadgets, no narrow getaways, no endless brawls, nor much in the way of gun play. So, more of an Agatha Christie novel than James Bond... only better than both.

Being written in the thirties, I would expect it takes place more or less contemporaneously, so late depression... where money is tight... and the broads, tighter still.

Notable Quotes

I was leaning against the bar in a speakeasy on Fifty-second Street, waiting for Nora to finish her Christmas shopping, when...

Mamma's not really dangerous. She's just a case of arrested development. Most of us have outgrown ethics and morals and so on. Mamma's just not grown up to them yet.

"This excitement has put us behind in our drinking."

Running Thoughts

The Debriefing

The banter was pleasing at the beginning. But by the end, I did not care... perhaps, in large part, because the list of characters was too long for me to manage. But then, in two hundred pages, we are only talking about a couple dozen characters (over half of which are minor), so maybe the characters were not handled that well... not reintroduced often enough for one of my limited social graces to recognized them by name... without even a face to place them.

And as to the caper, itself. Let us just say, it is all in the title... a bit of a notion stretched into a book by the additional of a bit of drinking and socializing. Fun, if you are into that sort of thing... or simply want to take a break, a pleasant drunk (a recently retired detective, don't you know) your host for the duration.

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