The Thin Man

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Monday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.

In Multipurpose Room C

The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) and "hard-boiled" are practically synonymous -- he's been called the "father" of the rough gumshoe whose cases revolve around the unenlightened criminal element; there isn't a drawing room or criminal genius in sight in his works. As a former Pinkerton agent, Hammett knew of what he wrote, and his style, later so widely copied, is distinct -- a gritty, realistic, and none-too-favorable look at characters and settings, punctuated by vernacular dialogue. His detectives differ in personality, but all share one over-arching principle: crime shouldn't pay, and their job is to make sure it doesn't.

The Thin Man (Jan 1934) - Nick Charles searches for a wealthy inventor who is the prime suspect in a New York City murder case.

Writing Style in this title : Dialogue-rich; Spare; Witty