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Creatures of Darkness: Raymond Chandler, Detective Fiction, and Film Noir Paperback – April 19, 2003

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Editorial Reviews


"In his exhaustively researched survey of Raymond Chandler's thorny relationship with Hollywood during the classic period of film noir, Gene Phillips goes down some of the same mean streets as earlier commentators but fills in the gritty details that many of them missed.... A comprehensive introduction to America's foremost mystery writer." -- Alain Silver

"An opulent repository of material on the premier American noirist." -- Choice

"Apart for being an impressively erudite book, Creatures of Darkness is also a balanced one." -- Film Quarterly

"Welcome to the world of Raymond Chandler, film noir, and scholarship." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Phillips constantly dazzles with both the precision of his presentation and the power of his analysis." -- Lester Keyser

"A scholarly text of the highest caliber in terms of information and readability. Film noir and hard-boiled detective fiction enthusiasts of all levels of knowledge will find the book not only captivating, informative, and accessible, but a pure, page-turning delight." -- Literature Film Association News

"An excellent overall job, highly recommended to fans and scholars of Chandler alike." -- Mystery Scene Magazine

"Phillips explores every nook and cranny of Chandler's unhappy Hollywood years -- including his well-known clashes with fellow egoists Billy Wilder and Alfred Hitchcock." -- Tucson Weekly

"Valuable." -- Wall Street Journal

About the Author

Gene D. Phillips, S.J., teaches at Loyola University of Chicago and is the author of books about Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick and numerous studies of fiction and film.

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