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The Big Sleep (A Philip Marlowe Novel) Paperback – July 12, 1988

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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."

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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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  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reprint edition (July 12, 1988)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 231 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0394758285
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0394758282
  • Lexile measure : 660L
  • Item Weight : 9.3 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.13 x 0.63 x 7.94 inches
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