Don't you think maybe a drink would help you to sleep?
"No, thanks." "Maybe it would if I took one." Nick Charles is a retired detective, living in luxury with his wealthy new bride, Nora, spending most of his time managing their money and traveling and drinking. Especially drinking. In speakeasies (it's Prohibition) and at home, where "the booze...is just as good and costs...less." But in the first chapter of The Thin Man, the daughter of one of Nick's former clients appears with questions about her father, an inventor named Clyde Wynant. Even though Nick doesn't want to be drawn in, when Clyde is implicated in a murder, the plot is off and running. Besides all the drinking, Dahiell Hammett's novel is best known for the witty banter between Nick and Nora. It's so good that even though Hammett only wrote the one novel featuring the couple, it spawned six films and a television series. The Thin Man is fun and stylish and, at only 180 pages, it's a quick read, too.