by Dashiell Hammett
The book was decent, and fun. Former PI Nick marries wealthy socialite Nora and tries to give up detecting, but gets roped in. Nora is shown to be fairly smart, an interested in Nick\'s case, which wasn\'t so bad for a woman in a novel in the 30s.
However, that same year they made the movie version, with William Powell and Myrna Loy, and it\'s ever so much better. It moves faster, there\'s more wit (as I recall) and Nora seems to have a much more active role. She seems much more his equal in temperament and intelligence. Also, while they both have a cocktail about every four pages, she usually has a vague, \"Gee, maybe we shouldn\'t drink so much\" air... while in the movie she can just about drink him under the table.
So, I don\'t know, it was Hammett\'s last novel and it was pretty good, but I sure am glad I saw the movie.