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When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.

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"Chandler [writes] like a slumming angel and invest[s] the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence." Ross Macdonald

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"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

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"Raymond Chandler is a master." The New York Times

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"[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered." The New Yorker

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"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

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"Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye." Los Angeles Times

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"Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner....An original.... A great artist." The Boston Book Review

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"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

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"[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

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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

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"Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude." Erle Stanley Gardner

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"Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since." Paul Auster

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"[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

Synopsis:

When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.

"Chandler [writes] like a slumming angel and invest[s] the sun-blinded streets of Los Angelos with a romantic presence."

--Ross Macdonald

About the Author

Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler's detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler's novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died in La Jolla, California on March 26, 1959.

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Angela McGreevey, March 1, 2014 (view all comments by Angela McGreevey)
I enjoyed this book and it was a fast paced, good read. Raymond Chandler's writing allows the reader to get lost on the streets of Hollywood and chase down a blackmailer, with Detective Marlowe. The detective is hired when an a dying millionaire needs to find out who is blackmailing his troublesome daughter. Quickly Marlowe is swept up in a deadly adventure. This book has everything one could want from a classic hard boiled detective story; a quick witted detective, larger than life characters, and more than one good mystery to solve.
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lisa_emily, February 5, 2010 (view all comments by lisa_emily)
I am always surprised to find how much I like the tough-guy prose of Raymond Chandler; it is befitting of the place and characters. His lanaguage is a window into America's linguistic past, preserving the slang, rhythms, and quirky sayings of a darker, provincial Los Angeles. The plot keeps you involved; dead bodies and metaphors quickly pile up. Women, and there a good number of them, aren't given the best light here. But there is something sad and revealing in this novel.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780394758282
Author:
Chandler, Raymond
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
California
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Los angeles
Subject:
Los Angeles (Calif.) Fiction.
Subject:
Marlowe, Philip
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Vintage Books ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
Series Volume:
0000
Publication Date:
19880731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8 x 5.14 x .52 in .5 lb

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Product details 240 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780394758282 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Chandler [writes] like a slumming angel and invest[s] the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Raymond Chandler is a master."
"Review" by , "[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered."
"Review" by , "Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious."
"Review" by , "Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye."
"Review" by , "Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner....An original.... A great artist."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "[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."
"Review" by , "Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence."
"Review" by , "Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude."
"Review" by , "Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since."
"Review" by , "[Chandler]'s the perfect novelist for our times. He takes us into a different world, a world that's like ours, but isn't."
"Synopsis" by , When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.

"Chandler [writes] like a slumming angel and invest[s] the sun-blinded streets of Los Angelos with a romantic presence."

--Ross Macdonald

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