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The Lady in the Lakeby Raymond Chandler
Synopses & Reviews
A couple of missing wives — one a rich man's and one a poor man's — become the objects of Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care.
"Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye." Los Angeles Times
Private detective Philip Marlowe's search for two lost wives leads him into a world of evil, corruption, and murder. Reissue.
A couple of missing wives--one a rich man's and one a poor man's--become the objects of Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead.
Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care.
Raymond Chandler is a master.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
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.
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.
Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since.
Chandler]'s the perfect novelist for our times. He takes us into a different world, a world that's like ours, but isn't.
A seriousrereading of the Marlowe novels and stories yields more surprises than a rereading of Hemingway.
RICHARD RUSSO, AUTHOR OF EMPIRE FALLS
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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