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The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, Playback (Everyman's Library) Hardcover – October 15, 2002
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“Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence.” –Ross Macdonald
“Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since.” –Paul Auster
“The prose rises to heights of unself-conscious eloquence, and we realize with a jolt of excitement that we are in the presence of not a mere action-tale teller, but a stylist, a writer with a vision…The reader is captivated by Chandler’s seductive prose.” –Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books
“Chandler is one of my favorite writers. His books bear rereading every few years. The novels are a perfect snapshot of an American past, and yet the ruined romanticism of the voice is as fresh as if they were written yesterday.” –Jonathan Lethem
“Chandler seems to have invented our post-war dream lives–the tough but tender hero, the dangerous blonde, the rain-washed sidewalks, and the roar of the traffic (and the ocean) in the distance…Chandler is the classic lonely romantic outsider for our times, and American literature, as well as English, would be the poorer for his absence.” –Pico Iyer
With a new Introduction by Tom Hiney
Top Customer Reviews
Six novels later, I'm still reading Chandler novels, and still finding each and every one different, interesting and intriguing. The main character Marlowe is a wisecracking detective, wary of women - whom he obviously mistrusts - except for the "bad type of women", for whom he does not particularly care. He is also a complex, intelligent man, often an altruist who goes to some extraordinary lengths for his clients, even when he's not paid.
Novels are usually set in 30's/40's Hollywood and Bay City (which is since called something else), and are especially nostalgic, if you've lived in the surrounding areas.
Chandler's writing is funny and unique - the stories - all told in first person, are written so that the reader is both aware of Marlowe's conscious thoughts, and at the same time, when the ending or some pivotal point in the story arrives - is not. This point is not easy to describe, but it works extremely well - the stories are always amusing, captivating, and suspenseful.
I will easily recommend any Chandler novel for anyone interested in mysteries, as well as to those that enjoy unconventional styles of storytelling.
The usual job for a private investigator is to locate a missing person (skip-tracing). Serious crimes are left to the police. But in fiction it is the private investigator who solves crimes for the entertainment of the readers. It was different for Sherlock Holmes in the late 19th century.
The Lady in the Lake.
Philip Marlowe is asked to locate a missing wife who said she was going for a divorce. He goes to a vacation home by this lake in the mountains. He inspects her last known location. Another wife also went missing. A body is found in the lake! He learns the wife’s old boyfriend is also dead. Was there some scandal that involved a doctor’s nurse? The lack of survivors means no story for the newspapers.
The Little Sister.
Philip Marlowe is asked to find a missing brother who moved from Kansas. He visits the last known address. Then people are found murdered. Marlowe finds a claim check for photographs. The investigation continues until the secret it revealed in the last pages. Can a snapshot of a couple lead to murders?
The Long Goodbye.
One morning an old friend asks Marlowe for a ride to an airport. When Marlowe returns home he finds police detectives waiting for him. The man’s wife was murdered! Marlowe is held until somebody paid a lawyer to represent him. There was little in the newspapers. Marlowe is released after a shocking surprise. Could Terry kill in such a brutal manner? If not, was he just a fall guy? Mrs Roger Wade visits Marlowe at home; her husband has been missing for three days. Marlowe uses his one clue and investigates to find Roger Wade.
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I love these Raymond Chandler books. I have read several biographies about Chandler and Cissy's life and found their lives together as interesting as Ray's fiction. Read morePublished 2 months ago by N/A
Raymond Chandler kept me interested and wanting more throughout every story. Boy, could that man write!Published 15 months ago by bobbilee
An excellent experience from start to finish; arrived on time and in excellent condition. I am currently in the midst of the book and tht is highly enjoyable as well.Published 20 months ago by mark riherd
This is a beautiful book, very readable type, great writing by one of the masters of the genre. Definitely recommend.Published on December 9, 2013 by Christopher Schindler
As you near the end of this second volume of Philip Marlowe novels (say, about halfway through The Long Goodbye) you can't help but get a little sad at the thought that soon you... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Henry Porter
Good edition. This is your essential Chandler collection. If you do not know the master of the mystery yet, this is your chance.Published on May 10, 2013 by andrea schmidt-baumann