Derace Kingsley's wife ran away to Mexico to get a quickie divorce and marry a Casanova-wannabe named Chris Lavery. Or so the note she left her husband insisted. Trouble is, when Philip Marlowe asks Lavery about it, he denies everything and sends the private investigator packing with a flea lodged firmly in his ear.
But when Marlowe next encounters Lavery, he's denying nothing - on account of the two bullet holes in his heart. Now Marlowe's on the trail of a killer, who leads him out of smoggy LA and all the way to a murky mountain lake.
Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and moved to England with his family when he was twelve. He attended Dulwich College, Alma Mater to some of the twentieth century’s most renowned writers. Returning to America in 1912, he settled in California, worked in a number of jobs, and later married.
It was during the Depression era that he seriously turned his hand to writing and his first published story appeared in the pulp magazine Black Mask in 1933, followed six years later by his first novel. The Big Sleep introduced the world to Philip Marlowe, the often imitated but never-bettered hard-boiled private investigator.
It is in Marlowe’s long shadow that every fictional detective must stand – and under the influence of Raymond Chandler’s addictive prose that every crime author must write.
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"'Anything Chandler writes about grips the mind from the first sentence." (The Daily Telegraph)
"One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards others still try to attain." (The Sunday Times)
"Chandler is an original stylist, creator of a character as immortal as Sherlock Holmes." (Anthony Burgess)
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
I should probably slow down on calling Raymond Chander a god. Novelists who write so damn well (and there are few of those) must sometimes tire of both hyperbole and the undersell too. Look. This isn't my favorite Chandler or my favorite Marlowe, and the Great and Glorious Chandler doesn't deviate too far from his script (Rich, difficult clients >> wise-cracking PI >> dame >> cops >> drinks >> California >> dead bodies >> Marlowe close to the line >> Marlowe over the line >> Marlowe wraps it all up and still fills like crap about it).
But he does it so well. This is a formula that gets tried again and again by almost every new detective or Noir writer on the planet and 99 percent don't even get close. But Chander owns it. His counterrotated prose is like a literary quadruple lutz that he lands again and again and again. He is predictable, pretty and dear GOD nearly perfect every single time.
Chandler wrote a novel where every single sentence seems poised with suspense and brilliance. Ray Porter is the narrator and his voice is as flexible as a rubber band. between the great writing and great narration, I've not enjoyed a detective novel more.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I have loved Chandler for years, but this was the first time for this book, so I did not know
the story. I was really surprised by the twists and turns but I loved every minute of it.
"A Perfect Few Hours"
Wonderful. Narrator perfect. I know Chandler's work well. It was a luxury to have it read to me. Well done.
Great stuff for fans of noir detective fiction. A well thought out mystery and a detective that is way too cool for his own good. It is hard not to picture Bogart as Marlowe but personally I think the story here is better than The Big Sleep. Highly recommended!
A typical Philip Marlow story. Great plot. Confusing in places. Mainly due to the monotone of the narrator.
"Superb writing, story 4/5"
Classic Chandler style as usual. If your a fan of one of his books you should enjoy this one too, as -frankly speaking- they're extremely simiar.
That said, Chandler's underrated skill at highly original prose and snappy dialog means each book is refreshing and always a pleasure to hear/read.
This remains fresher and somehow infinitely less facile than the majority of contemporary crime fiction writers.
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