The Thin Man
Hard Cover. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1934. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's green cloth, with mask illustration stamped in blue to the front board, spine lettering and decorations stamped in blue and red. Very good or better with the usual fading to the cloth, slight wear to spine ends, publisher's slip on Hammett laid in; in the original red unclipped dust jacket with some wear and creases to edges, chipping with some loss to spine ends, spine faded, else very good. Layman A 6.1.a. The Thin Man is Hammett's fifth and final novel. In a departure from his hard-boiled detective characters, this text features Nick and Nora Charles. Nick, a former detective, and Nora, his sarcastic wife, spend their time drinking and conversing, but get unwillingly pulled into a murder mystery involving the Wynant family. When a skeleton is discovered in plus-sized clothing, the natural assumption is that the deceased was a portly individual, but Nick and Nora quickly realize that the body was placed in false clothing and is actually the remains of a missing Wynant family member - a thin man. Hammett never wrote a sequel to The Thin Man, despite requests. Regardless, it was turned into a six-part film series as well as a subsequent television series.