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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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amazing book. totally riveting read. best piece of noir fiction i've read in a long time.Published 1 day ago by Camilla Allison
The Big Sleep. Read it in college and the story never gets old.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Classic, definitive hardboiled detective novel. Chandler established the wise-cracking detective and no one does it better.Published 7 days ago by Elly Conley
I was all poised to write up a brilliant *cough* review of The Big Sleep, bringing up its influences on the mystery genre as a whole, and hardboiled stories in print and film... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Christopher Jones
Good book - flowery language though but interesting would have liked to know more about the main characters background etc but overall good readPublished 16 days ago by Donna Lawlor
Raymond Chandler has been called the first American writer of noir mystery. He is that and more. His characters fully developed,the writing tight and descriptive and his hero... Read morePublished 22 days ago by sonja jaffee