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Raymond Chandler in the Marble Orchard (A black mask boys mystery) Mass Market Paperback – January 29, 2002


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  • Series: A black mask boys mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: I Books (January 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743444760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743444767
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,717,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With 85 books to his credit, plus hundreds of scripts, articles and short stories embracing a dozen genres, William F. Nolan is an official Living Legend (voted that honor by the International Horror Guild).
As a noted pulp historian, he is a recognized authority on Black Mask, Dashiell Hammett, and "Max Brand" (Frederick Faust). Nolan has edited six collections of Faust tales, has written Max Brand: Western Giant, and is the author of the forthcoming biography King of the Pulps: The Man Who Was Max Brand. Nolan's historical anthology, The Black Mask Boys, is the key work on the legendary magazine - and he's written three books on Dashiell Hammett, plus several pieces on the early pulp fiction of his longtime pal, Ray Bradbury.
Nolan states: "I began my fiction career [13 novels and 185 stories] too late for the pulps, but I did have letters printed in Planet Stories and Famous Fantastic Mysteries - and I grew up reading Argosy and Weird Tales."
Recently voted a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Dark Fantasy, Nolan is currently at work on ten new books. His most famous creations, Logan's Run, is now out in comic-book format from Bluewater Productions - and a new mega-budget film version is due from Warner Bros. in 2012.
Nolan lives in Vancouver, Washington, with an apartment full of books, pulp magazines, and stuffed animals.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on June 11, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Raymond Chandler in the Marble Orchard, Willaim F. Nolan

This historical novel is set in Southern California of the 1930s and uses real and fictional characters for its murder mystery. Raymond Chandler is the narrator. The `Afterword' explains the rationale of the book, inspired by real-life agency reports. [Did he read any?]

Chapter 1 reviews the mysterious death of Thelma Todd, who may have said "no" after too many "yesses". Chandler wrote stories about crime and detection, not a "socially significant" novel. The story begins with the death of Julian Pascal, Chandler's wife's ex-husband. An apparent suicide in a cemetery. [There is a short and incomplete summary of Chandler's life.] Chandler identified Pascal's body, and explained why he doubted a suicide (Chapter 2). So Chandler starts an investigation into Pascal's death, like a classic pulp fiction story that proves the police theory was wrong. Erle Stanley Gardner, the practical realist, wonders about the miles per gallon for Chandler's Duesenberg "one of the finest automobiles in the world" (p.21).

Events occur as the story moves on. A woman in a white limousine is seen at Pascal's burial. We meet real and fictional people in this novel. A woman hires Chandler to find her little sister. Chandler gets Hammett for this search. A "ghost" tells Chandler it was murder! They visit various places on their quest for the facts. These are described quickly. Some secrets are uncovered by the investigation. Chandler finds the missing little sister. Trouble follows this business.

In Chapter 17 we get the facts behind the mystery. The little sister meets Chandler and tells her story. There is a secretive night visit where they find another body, and the little sister (Chapter 20).
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