'The Thin Man' (1934)
- 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
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