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The Thin Man
by Dashiell Hammett

The story is set in December 1932--in the last days of Prohibition-era New York City. The main characters are a former private detective, Nick Charles, and his clever young wife, Nora.

One of the greatest, if not the greatest, husband and wife teams ever. Sure, the mystery is good, but this book is really about Nick and Nora Charles, their wonderful, sassy relationship and the incredibly witty, charming banter between the two of them. While Nick & Nora are the characters who steal the spotlight, Hammett paints a fantastic array of characters involved in the disappearance of an eccentric inventor named Clyde Wynant and the murder of his secretary.

When all is said and done, "The Thin Man" consists of both excellent descriptive writing and a well plotted detective story.


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