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The Thin Man

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First publication
1933 in Redbook magazine

First publication in book form

Literature form

Crime, mystery

Writing language

Author's country
United States

Approx. 62,500 words

Notable lines

I was leaning against the bar in a speakeasy on Fifty-second Street, waiting for 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.

— First line

"Let's stick around awhile. This excitement has put us behind in our drinking."


"You got types?"

"Only you, darling—lanky brunettes with wicked jaws."


"How do you feel?"

"Terrible. I must have gone to bed sober."


She stared at him dully and said: "I don’t like crooks, and even if I did, I wouldn’t like crooks that are stool-pigeons, and if I liked crooks that are stool-pigeons, I still wouldn’t like you."


"Murder doesn't round out anybody's life except the murdered's and sometimes the murderer's.'

"That may be," Nora said, "but it's all pretty unsatisfactory.".

— Last lines


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See also:

The Postman Always Rings Twice

The Big Sleep

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