Friday, February 26, 2016

Paperback 925: The Thin Man / Dashiell Hammett (Perma Books M4202)

Paperback 925: Perma Books M4202 (1st ptg, 1961)

Title: The Thin Man
Author: Dashiell Hammett
Cover artist: Harry Bennett

Estimated value: $15-20 (perfect, square, bright)

Best things about this cover:
  • Nick looks like I feel these days. "Fuck all this. Where's the bar?"
  • The color shading on this is all kinds of weird. Conventional figurative art that looks like it's been cut out of a magazine by an 8-year-old and then glued into the white rectangle.
  • Joey Backwards chair is explaining certain anatomical facts about himself to Millie Sweetgams, much to her amusement.
  • ASTA!

 Best things about this back cover:
  • Bah. Same.
  • Cover is cropped weird. Very close to lopping off lettering on the left.
  • "When you were wrestling with Mimi [!?] didn't you get excited." "Oh, a little." Man, between front and back covers, you'd think "The Thin Man" were subtitled "All About Boners."

Page 123~

"Good God, no! She hates men more than any woman I've ever known who wasn't a Lesbian."

Sorry, fans of movie-Nick. Didn't mean to startle you with book-Nick's dickishness. Mix a cocktail and drink until you forget you ever read the above quote.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I cannot begin to imagine William Powell saying that to Myrna Loy...