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 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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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