The Thin Man introduces Nick and Nora Charles, New York’s coolest crime-solving couple. Nick retired from detecting after his wife inherited a tidy sum, but six years later a pretty blonde spies him at a speakeasy and asks for his help finding her father, an eccentric inventor who was once Nick’s client. Nick can no more resist the case than a morning cocktail or a good fight, and soon he and Nora are caught in a complicated web of confused identities and cold-blooded murder.
This is my favorite Hammett story, and it's read to perfection by Dufris. This is one of those rare stories that's simultaneously hard-nosed and yet clever. Much of Hammett's authenticity comes from the fact he'd actually once been a PI. The Thin Man is a brilliant tale in which everyone is speculating all over the place, and everyone is lying, and the lies keep changing, and the ex-PI keeps his head and doesn't let himself get carried away. Give it a listen. You'll thank me.