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'The Thin Man' (1934)

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  • miketooney49
    THE THIN MAN. By Dashiell Hammett. Knopf. 1934. $2.00 Detective stories do not often make their way into this department, but the Landscaper would be fail-
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      THE THIN MAN. By Dashiell Hammett.
      Knopf. 1934. $2.00

      "Detective stories do not often make their way into
      this department, but the Landscaper would be fail-
      ing in his duty if he did not report that one of the
      recent books that gave him the greatest amount of
      pleasure was Dashiell Hammett's 'The Thin Man'
      (Knopf, $2), Mr. Hammett being the distinguished
      author of 'The Maltese Falcon', among other books,
      and generally recognized as the top of the heap in
      his field. 'The Maltese Falcon', by the way, is now
      available in the Modern Library edition, a recognition
      it heartily deserves, since it is one of the finest thrillers
      ever to be put between covers.

      " 'The Thin Man' is a murder-mystery, cut more or
      less according to pattern, with the difference that
      the detective seems entirely credible and all the
      people talk and act as if they had wandered in off
      the streets, or right out of the first pages of your
      favorite newspaper. They are a mad lot, most of
      them, but real. And the punch of Mr. Hammett's
      stream-lined dialogue, which is like nobody else's,
      never fails. There is a good deal more to be said
      on this subject, as the author in question is unique
      in his field, but other books are waiting, and the
      Landscaper closes the matter by recommending
      'The Thin Man' as ace writing, much too good to
      be missed, whether you ordinarily like detective
      stories or not."
      - 'The North American Review,' March 1934,
      "The Literary Landscape," by Herschel Brickell
      - http://www.unz.org/Pub/NorthAmericanRev-1934mar-00280?View=PDFPages

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