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The only complete edition of stories by the undisputed master of detective literature, collected here for the first time in one volume, including some stories that have been unavailable for decades.

When Raymond Chandler turned to writing at the age of forty-five, he began by publishing stories in pulp magazines such as “Black Mask” before later writing his famous novels. These stories are where Chandler honed his art and developed his uniquely vivid underworld, peopled with good cops and bad cops, informers and extortionists, lethally predatory blondes and redheads, and crime, sex, gambling, and alcohol in abundance. In addition to his classic hard-boiled stories — in which his signature atmosphere of depravity and violence swirls around the cool, intuitive loners whose type culminated in the famous detective Philip Marlowe-Chandler also turned his hand to fantasy and even a gothic romance.

This rich treasury of twenty-five stories shows Chandler developing the terse, laconic, understated style that would serve him so well in his later masterpieces, and immerses the reader in the richly realized fictional universe that has become an enduring part of our literary landscape

Review:

“Raymond Chandler is a master.” New York Times

Review:

“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

Review:

“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

Review:

“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

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. Chandlers 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 Chandlers 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Blackmailers don't shoot
  2. Smart-aleck kill
  3. Finger man
  4. Killer in the rain
  5. Nevada gas
  6. Spanish blood
  7. Guns at Cyrano's
  8. The man who like dogs
  9. Pickup on Noon Street
  10. Goldfish
  11. The curtain
  12. Try the girl
  13. Mandarin's jade
  14. Red wind
  15. The king in yellow
  16. Bay City blues
  17. The lady in the lake
  18. Pearls are a nuisance
  19. Trouble is my business
  20. I'll be waiting
  21. The bronze door
  22. No crime in the mountains
  23. Professor Bingo's snuff
  24. The pencil
  25. English summer.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375415005
Author:
Chandler, Raymond
Publisher:
Everyman's Library
Author:
Everyman's Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Short stories, American
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories, American
Subject:
Marlowe, Philip
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Copyright:
Series:
Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
Series Volume:
1224
Publication Date:
20021131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
1336
Dimensions:
8.22x5.40x2.34 in. 2.61 lbs.

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Product details 1336 pages Everyman's Library - English 9780375415005 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Raymond Chandler is a master.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “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.”
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