Synopses & Reviews
Marlowe befriends a down-on-his-luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he's divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. Now Lennox is on the lam and the cops -- and a crazy gangster -- are after Marlowe.
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 serious rereading of the Marlowe novels and stories yields more surprises than a rereading of Hemingway. RICHARD RUSSO, AUTHOR OFEMPIRE FALLS
"Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner....An original....A great artist." The Boston Book Review
Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, who he's divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. Now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.
An encounter with a drunk brings both adventure and trouble to a cynical middle-aged private detective
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.