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These two classic novels featuring private eye Philip Marlowe made Raymond Chandler's name synonymous with America's hard-boiled school of crime fiction. The Big Sleep was an instant success when first published in 1939. It centers around a paralyzed California millionaire with two psychopathic daughters; he involves Marlowe in a case of blackmail that turns into murder.
Farewell My Lovely, which Chandler regarded as his finest work, came out the following year. It has Marlowe dealing with the Los Angeles gambling circuit, a murder he stumbles upon, and three very beautiful but potentially deadly women.
"Chandler writes like a slumming angel and invests the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence," said Ross Macdonald. And George V. Higgins wrote: "Chandler is fun to read. He's as bleak as tundra, and his dirtbag characters far outnumber his stellar citizens, but Philip Marlowe is a laconic tour guide through a zoo of truly interesting animals."
"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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It's fascinating to read Hammet and Chandler describe SF and LA from a totally bygone era. Chandlers plots are possibly a little far fetched, but thoroughly enjoyable due to his... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Henry Way
Exc. detective/mystery from the old school of mystery writers. Good pace, entertaining, hard boiled and flawed detective that I loved.Published 9 months ago by W. Korson
Both are great page-turners. I especially liked Farewell My Lovely. Two books for the price of one is also a reason why I purchased this but I'll probably be reading many more... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jonathan D. Geisler
Farewell My Lovely was a page turner all the way, The Big Sleep kept my attention less (possibly because I'd already seen the movie) but was still good. Read morePublished 13 months ago by BL