Before the Thin Man: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett's "The Thin Man"

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1920s & '30s

Christopher Allen (Cris Cannon)

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Before the Thin Man: The Prequel to Dashiell Hammett’s “The Thin Man” is the prequel to the original Hammett masterpiece published in 1934 and the following Thin Man series of movies. This story is set in 1928 and answers the questions of who are Nick and Nora Charles, where did they come from, and how did they meet to eventually become the iconic couple created by Dashiell Hammett.



Short Summary

Nick is recruited to assist with an extortion of a major business interest. He meets the daughter of one of the business owners and during this investigation, turned murder case, Nick solves the murder and the romance between him and Nora begins setting the stage for the following original Thin Man


New York City

Based on a True Story


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Happy Ending, Twist

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Nick Charles

Age: 36

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Badass, Leader, Skillful, Complex, Empathetic, Funny, Gracious, Heroic, Honorable, Sophisticated, Charming, Confident, Decisive, Educated, Flexible, Adventurous, Engaging, Faithful, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Nora (Letitia Finhaden)

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Strong Moral Code, Empathetic, Engaging, Flexible, Gracious, Romantic, Complex, Confident, Educated, Naive, Adventurous, Beautiful, Aspiring, Faithful, Outspoken, Sophisticated

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 55+

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available



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