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Trouble Is My Business Paperback – August 12, 1988
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“[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered.” --The New Yorker
“Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious.” --Robert B. Parker, The New York Times Book Review
“Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye.” --Los Angeles Times
“Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner. . . . An original. . . . A great artist.” —The Boston Book Review
“Raymond Chandler was one of the finest prose writers of the twentieth century. . . . Age does not wither Chandler’s prose. . . . He wrote like an angel.” --Literary Review
“[T]he prose rises to heights of unselfconscious 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.” --Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books
“Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence.” —Ross Macdonald
“Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude.” --Erle Stanley Gardner
“Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since.” --Paul Auster
“[Chandler]’s the perfect novelist for our times. He takes us into a different world, a world that’s like ours, but isn’t. ” --Carolyn See
Top Customer Reviews
642-page, twelve-story edition of this title advertised here and not the one which the online review discusses. For some bizarre reason, and sometime between 1988 and now, Vintage has edited out eight of the most important stories and left the reader with only four, but kept the same title: Trouble is My Business. An outrage, certainly. Don't be fooled by the bibliographic information given by Amazon: the book you receive will have only 214 pages and contain only four stories!
Chandler was a Los Angeles accountant turned writer and he developed his own careful writing style. He started by first analysing other works, such as articles in the Black Mask mystery magazine. He used those stories plus local newspaper crime articles for plot ideas. He would set some of his stories in the fictional ocean side town of Bay City which is really Santa Monica, or set his stories in west Los Angeles, or other parts of southern California. He lived in Santa Monica after being fired from his oil executive job for drinking in the 1930s. He detested the place and moved into LA proper when he became wealthy as a screenplay writer in the early 1940s while working at Paramount. In the late 1940s he moved to La Jolla, just north of San Diego. Chandler started with short fiction pieces in the 1930s and then graduated to novels in 1938-39. From the early novels he was hired to write screen plays and eventually he wrote or created 59 works including stories, screenplays, and novels. His novels with the private Detective Phillip Marlowe brought him fame including the Bogart-Bacall movie The Big Sleep.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best authors at scene writing. His descriptions are distinctive and narrated a little differently than anyone else's.Published 3 months ago by John T. Kramer
(4.5 stars) This was my first Raymond Chandler book. There seem to be two versions, mine is the one with four stories -- Trouble Is My Business, Finger Man, Gold Fish, & Red... Read morePublished 3 months ago by book lover
A collection of Raymond Chandlers short stories starring ace private detective Philip Marlowe. Chandler at his best.Published 4 months ago by G. Carlson
A beautiful slipcased edition of Trouble is My Business, which also includes the pulp-era stories found in The Simple Art of Murder. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Unclebob53703.
Raymond Chandler is still the master of crime/murder fiction.Published 5 months ago by Daniel T. Randolph
I did not realize it was a book of short stories, but I am glad it was. It was very enjoyable.Published 6 months ago by P. Branan
I've read all of the Philip Marlowe novels / stories, and the one I always come back to when I'm in the mood for Raymond Chandler at his best is "Red Wind. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mike
This is great reading entertainment by one of America's great writers. "Trouble is My Business" is a collection of four of Chandler's best short stories. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Paul T. Sullivan