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I recommend this book not only to mystery lovers, but also to anyone who wants to read a good, well-written book.
The main thing to remember is that however much you might have liked the film, reading the book will be a different experience and you'll need to accept that going in.
This is my first Raymond Chandler novel, his first Philip Marlowe, and it's a great introduction to the PI, as well as a wonderful addition to the genre.
This "Dramatised" version of Raymond Chandler is terrible! The beauty of Chandler is in his wordcrafted images. Read morePublished 4 days ago by cooper
The book was excellent but the problem I found with it it was very repetitive with every other chapter but other than that excellent readingPublished 6 days ago by dutch1959
I can see why this is a classic. The writing is fantastic, funny and erudite, the plot convoluted and will keep you guessing until the end. I must read his other novelsPublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
The Big Sleep is the start of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe series. It is a wonderfully written book, where readers first meet the white knight detective Philip Marlowe. Read morePublished 10 days ago by RJ Stokely
Chandler takes you away with his words. He describes scenes so well, it is as if you're there. Phillip Marlowe's persona screams Humphrey Bogart so it isn't any wonder he was... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Jeff F
I wanted to read a book by Raymond Chandler (although I've seen the movies - gotta love Bogart) to prepare me for "The Black-eyed Blond" by Benjamin Black. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Roland Anthony
most mystery books anymore are so boring. this one was of course very anachronistic (written in the 1940s I think?), but it was a good story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. King