Archive for June 5th, 2013

…a much needed solitary bike ride through the Bearcamp River Flats in Tamworth and Sandwich, NH this past weekend:

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RTMI fell in love with the works of Dashiell Hammett one summer when I was in college and going through my vintage detective phase. Over the years I have read and re-read everything Mr. Hammett wrote and I guess always wished that he had written more, especially in the chronicles of his Thin Man series featuring the iconic Nick and Nora Charles (and of course Asta).

Well, I guess my wishes were heard as two never-before-published novellas featuring the Thin Man characters, written by Mr. Hammett have been found and recently published. Edited by Richard Layman and Julie M. Rivett, Return of the Thin Man brings us lost Dashiell Hammett works and the result is like falling into a well and discovering water in a place long left as dry.

About Return of the Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett: “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 back into 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.”

Seriously, Return of the Thin Man is such a pleasure to read and if you have never read Mr. Hammett’s original stories, I highly recommend them. His work is highly accessible and so well-crafted the many decades of derivative dribble that it has spawned will fade away. Yes, the Thin Man movies series is great too, but read the books first.

Return of the Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.