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"His thin, claw-like hands were folded loosely on the rug, purple-nailed. A few locks of dry white hair clung to his scalp, like wild flowers fighting for life on a bare rock." Published in 1939, when Raymond Chandler was 50, this is the first of the Philip Marlowe novels. Its bursts of sex, violence, and explosively direct prose changed detective fiction forever. "She was trouble. She was tall and rangy and strong-looking. Her hair was black and wiry and parted in the middle. She had a good mouth and a good chin. There was a sulky droop to her lips and the lower lip was full."
Chandler is not only the best writer of hardboiled PI stories, he's one of the 20th century's top scribes, period. His full canon of novels and short stories is reprinted in trade paper featuring uniform covers in Black Lizard's signature style. A handsome set for a reasonable price.
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While I normally enjoy classics and appreciate the prototypes that "started it all", I found this book to be simply dated and boring.Published 7 days ago by "Bomber"
After reading Micheal Connely, Raymond Chandler was a bit disappointing ...
A bit too far fetched for my taste. Different era...
An interesting read from a historical perspective for those who want to explore the origins of the detective 'film noire' genre, but a little dated for today's readers and lacking... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Chris
I bought this after watching the movie repeatedly. If you like the movie this book won't let you down. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ryan
Très bonne histoire policière! Je le recommande à tout ceux qui aime de genre de livre de le lire, et pour ceux qui ne sont pas capable de lire anglais, je... Read morePublished on April 6 2013 by Anne-Marie
This novel could certainly never be considered high art, but the writing is certainly stylish, and the characters have a real life mixture of strength and frailty that make them... Read morePublished on June 6 2008 by Craig Jenkins
The first book of Chandler's Philip Marlowe series is an especially interesting read for those who've seen the classic film with Bogey and Bacall. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by "loopylou38"
HEAVY SPOILERS INCLUDED
In his debut novel to introduce private eye Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler seems to have combined two different short story materials into one plot. Read more