First Line Friday — The Thin Man

9 Jul

Happy Friday! I am currently on a biographical novel listening binge. I have two more novels to go and then I will be on to my next personal challenge — classic mystery. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammet is already on my Audible shelf (it’s included with my membership). Can’t wait to join Nick and Nora in solving crime.

Here’s the first line:

I was leaning against the bar in a speakeasy on Fifty-second Street, waiting on Nora to finish her Christmas shopping, when a girl got up from the table where she had been sitting with three other people and came over to me.

The Thin Man introduces Nick and Nora Charles, New York’s coolest crime-solving couple. Nick retired from detecting after his wife inherited a tidy sum, but six years later a pretty blonde spies him at a speakeasy and asks for his help finding her father, an eccentric inventor who was once Nick’s client.  

Nick can no more resist the case than a morning cocktail or a good fight, and soon he and Nora are caught in a complicated web of confused identities and cold-blooded murder.

Samuel Dashiell Hammett was an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories. He was also a screenwriter and political activist. Among the enduring characters he created are Sam Spade, Nick and Nora Charles, the Continental Op and the comic strip character Secret Agent X-9.

One Response to “First Line Friday — The Thin Man”

  1. Cindy Davis July 9, 2021 at 9:48 am #

    Sounds intriguing! My FLF is here:

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