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"Chandler did not write about crime, or detection--as he insisted he did not. He wrote about the corruption of the human spirit, using Philip Marlowe as his disapproving angel, and he knew about it, down to the marrow."
--George V. Higgins
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I've always believed that Chandler was one of the great prose stylists of the 20th century. Read these two novels and try to disagree with me.Published on June 3 2002 by John L. Sheppard
Raymond Chandler was not just a mystery writer, but a keen observer of the human condition. In this edition, two of his Philip Marlowe novels are collected in one volume. Read morePublished on Nov. 4 1998 by johnglor94
Chandler provides an unforgetable picture of L.A. and his private eye, Phillip Marlowe. The "Big Sleep" (his first novel) has an intricate plot, perhaps with loose ends;... Read morePublished on June 24 1998 by Scott Schickram