June Book Club Selection: 'The Thin Man' by Dashiell Hammett

June Book Club Selection: 'The Thin Man' by Dashiell Hammett

Every month here at LitReactor, we celebrate reading with a new selection in our Book Club!  For June we will be reading and discussing a classic, Dashiell Hammett's, The Thin Man.  Most of you know this story, but here's the official synopsis from Wikipedia:

The story is set in Prohibition-era New York City. The main characters are a former private detective, Nick Charles, and his clever young wife, Nora. Nick, son of a Greek immigrant, has given up his career since marrying Nora, a wealthy socialite, and he now spends most of his time cheerfully getting drunk in hotel rooms and speakeasies. Nick and Nora have no children, but they do own a Schnauzer named Asta.

Charles is drawn, mostly against his will, into investigating a murder. The case brings them in contact with a rather grotesque family, the Wynants, and also with an assortment of policemen and lowlifes. As they attempt to solve the case, Nick and Nora share a great deal of banter and witty dialogue, along with copious amounts of alcohol. The characters of Nick and Nora are often thought to reflect the personalities of Hammett and his long-time lover, Lillian Hellman.

Discussion for The Thin Man will kick off on June 1st, but you should pick up the book and start reading ASAP!  (We've provided a handy link below). Once you're locked and loaded, you can announce your presence in the Book Club. (No invitation needed!)  That thread is where all discussion about the book will go down.

If you read our May Book Club selection, We Live Inside You by Jeremy Robert Johnson, make sure you check out that thread as discussion there has officially started.

Happy reading!

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Author: Dashiell Hammett
Price: $9.99
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (1989)
Binding: Paperback, 208 pages
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