The Thin Man

Dashiell Hammett's 1934 delightful detective confection was left under the tree for somebody else, but how could I resist taking another tour of my favorite of all mystery stories? The couple at its cocktail-laced center, Nick and Nora Charles, may just be the most charming married pair you'll ever come across in a novel, and Hammett's original book (his last) is even more winning than the entertaining William Powell-Myrna Loy movie.

July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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