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Publisher's Summary

Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's second novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times). 

Philip Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard.

©1940 Raymond Chandler (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered.” (The New Yorker)

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

“[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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Noir at it's purest

Not a feel good book, nor one that attempts to be high art. Somehow by attempting to mirror the seedy underbelly of the world and showing the humanity of its denizens, it manages to make a person feel compassion. It is beauty out of filth and written damn well.

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Music was too loud

The story and narrator were good, but the music between chapters was loud and disruptive.

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it's only a matter of time

The snowflakes on the left will eventually cancel Chandler for being non-PC. What a shame.

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A classic, but not best narration

One of Chandler's best, but a narrator more world-weary than Scott Brick would've worked better

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Bay City dreams

The iconic writing style is 5 stars, the characters can be wild and interesting, but the actual story is not that brilliant. In fact it is not that interesting of a story. That's too bad. 3.5 stars. 4 if I am in a generous mood. Quality narration.