Raymond Chandler - Author

About the Author

Best-known as the creator of the original private eye, Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and died in 1959. Many of his books have been adapted for the screen, and he is widely regarded as one of the very greatest writers of detective fiction.

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Annotated Big Sleep

Annotated Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler, Owen Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2018

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/07/2018

Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe The Graphic Novel

Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe The Graphic Novel

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/06/2018

Big Sleep

Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 15/08/2017

The Big Sleep (1939) is a hardboiled crime novel by Raymond Chandler, the first to feature detective Philip Marlowe. The work has been adapted twice into film, once in 1946 and again in 1978. The story is set in Los Angeles, California and is noted for its complexity, with many characters double-crossing one another and many secrets being exposed throughout the narrative. The title is a euphemism for death; it refers to a rumination in the final pages of the book about "e;sleeping the big sleep."e; In 1999, the book was voted ninety-sixth of Le Monde's "e;100 Books of the Century"e;. In 2005, it was included in "e;TIME's List of the 100 Best Novels."e;

High Window

High Window

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

Philip Marlowe, the great detective, is going into action again.This time, his client was a fleshy, gloomy, alcoholic and wealthy widow, and Marlowe's mission was to find a stolen precious coin of the widow's house, a Brach gold coin.The widow insisted that the thief was her daughter-in-law in the house who had always been her eyesore.The case seems very simple, but the only problem is that every person who has been visited by Marlowe died soon. For Marlowe, this was also very unfortunate, because the private detective concerned with a lot of corpses will sooner or later be targeted by policeman.If Marlowe could not find the answer from the maze as quickly as possible, the next person who would lie in the "e;big wooden box"e; might be himself.

Lady in the Lake

Lady in the Lake

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

Philip Marlowe, a detective in Los Angeles, was involved in an embarrassing family affair.Mr. Kingsley, an executive of a perfume company who is handsome and mettlesome is cuckolded.His beautiful, heady and wealthy blonde wife sent a telegram, claiming to go to Mexico with her little white faced boyfriend to break the shackles and be tied in wedlock.However, a month passed, Mrs. Kingsley was never heard from again, and the stranger thing is that her true love boyfriend claimed that he had never seen Mrs. Kingsley.As the investigation going on, Marlowe discovered that another mysterious blonde woman was missing on the same day with Mrs. Kingsley.And when a swollen and horrible blonde hair female corpse was salvaged from the bottom of the resort lake that Mrs. Kingsley had stayed, the story was far beyond the scripts of an elopement.Who is the murderer?Who is the victim?What is the secret that the police officer who tries to obstruct Marlowe's investigation is covering up?

Simple Art of Murder

Simple Art of Murder

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

Chandler can be called the epitome of American Hard-Boiled detective stories.Just as the young American took over the hegemon power from the old British Empire, the tall, handsome, obstinate, unruly and tender private detective, Marlowe, had officially replaced Marlowe portrayed by Chandler replaced Sherlock Holmes and became the most popular detective in the novel and on the screen.To this day, the tough guys who are emerging in all kinds of Hollywood blockbusters are more or less the descendants of Marlowe.However, why do we love tough guy so much?In the 5 essays and many long letters included in this book, Chandler put aside his bandit gang argot and street slang, with which he is very familiar, and presents his "e;tough guy"e; idea clearly and thoroughly in front of the reader with rational and objective brushwork and unusually careful logic.No one's argument is more convincing than that of Chandler.While displaying the charm of the elocutionist, Chandler still reminds us that he is indeed the creator of Marlowe with his habitual cold humors.

Long Goodbye

Long Goodbye

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

This book has won the Best Novel Award of Edgar Allan Poe (1954) and is also the representative work of Chandler.The author's ambition and self revelation aroused strong resonance in the hero, the noble detective Marlowe.The story revolves around a crime of passion of the upper class society of New York, which everyone wants to cover up, but only Marlowe takes his own way and intends to investigate. There is a scene of intertwined, foul and depressing drama in all the gangs, the political circles and the police circles.As the truth emerging, Marlowe realized that from the moment he was involved in the conspiracy, he bid the longest farewell to the double betrayal of friendship and love.

Playback

Playback

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

Philip Marlowe was commissioned by a big-shot lawyer to follow a mysterious red haired girl.Such a task is a piece of cake for expert detective Marlowe.He easily found the hotel where the girl stayed and lived in the next room.However, after knowing that the girl was being blackmailed by a despicable person, Marlowe's heart had a hint of tenderness.To be a loyal hawk to grab the money and run, or to be a handsome gentleman to be a hero saving the beauty?Faced with such a problem, Marlowe, honest, brave and romantic, can only make a choice.

Little Sister

Little Sister

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

This book, written in 1949, is a classic work in Chandler's series and has been adapted for the screen..Detective Marlowe was hired to search a person, and from the scheming and hesitant look of the client Ofamel, a "e;little sister"e; seems weak, Marlowe sniffed the treacherous and dangerous smell.Facing two ensuing ice piton murders, a mysterious and candid photograph, the threat from the onworld and the underworld, Marlowe's fights alone and narrowly escapes death for several times, unraveling the bloody story of a black hand of fratricide, which is caused by greed and jealousy and controlled by a vicious person in show business.

Big Sleep

Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

Big Sleep is the first novel of Raymond Chandler, and the debut of hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe.Marlowe accepted the entrustment of the eccentric old rich man Sternwood to find his missing son-in-law Reagan, but his two daughters had always prevented Marlowe from taking further action.In the process of tracing, Marlowe met all kinds of people:The gay selling and renting obscene books, the cruel casino boss, the greedy hooligan and so on, the death incidents are also coming.The case is more and more complicated. Who is the real murderer? Can Marlowe complete the entrustment?In 2005, Big Sleep was included in the "e;100 Best Novels"e; in Time magazine.

Pulp Stories (Volume I and II)

Pulp Stories (Volume I and II)

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

This book is a collection of all 13 short stories of Chandler.Chandler spent more effort and longer time in the works created from 1933 to 1939 and published in popular periodicals than those of the fast-handed ones produced in bulk and easy to get money, and this meticulous slow-handed writher did not earn much.Chandler treats these "e;pulp and cheap"e; novels with the mentality of writing serious literature, even after they are collected and published, he did not stop modifying, so as to find "e;a way suiting both refined and popular tastes, providing the extent to which the general people can think, and the power that only the art novels can produce."e;In addition to this, Chandler has also created 8 short stories, which were used as material for his 3 subsequent masterpieces (Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely and The Lady in the Lake).However, he did not allow these 8 short stories to be published during his lifetime.Therefore, the 13 novels included in this book are complete collection of Chandler's short stories, which concentrates on reflecting the narrative style (dramatic, playing hard-to-get, and human nature before the case) of Chandler's reasoning novel (that is, his "e;pulp"e; novel), and his peculiar cold hard-boiled man and sorrow are unforgettable.

Farewell, My Lovely

Farewell, My Lovely

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

This book, published in 1940, is the second novel of the author with Marlowe as the hero. The book was adapted for film for three times, and stage play and broadcasting play versions are also available.Marlow met with a fierce rival.As he was about to pull away from an ordinary case, he found himself in the wrong place at the right time.There is a dead body with broken neck in front of him.As Marlowe found out the truth, a group of jewellery thieves appeared, and a few other cases were waiting for him, and Velma, the girl deeply loved by "e;moose Malloy"e;, was gorgeous and as elusive as a ghost, and seemed to be able to kill someone at any time.Farewell, My Lovely is Chandler's most satisfied work.

Works of Raymond Chandler (10 Books in Total)

Works of Raymond Chandler (10 Books in Total)

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

A master of the "e;Hard-Boiled School"e; detective trendA detective novelist recorded in the history of classical literatureAll works are included in the authoritative "e;Library of America"e;This series consists of Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, The High Window, The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, Replay, Pulp Fiction:The Complete Short Stories of Raymond Chandler (Vol.I and II) and The Simple Art of Murder:Anthology of Chandler's Prose, totaling 10 volumes.

FAREWELL, MY LOVELY

FAREWELL, MY LOVELY

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 02/02/2017

Znamenityj roman Rehjmonda CHandlera, ch'i knigi o chastnom syshchike Filipe Marlou ne tol'ko zalozhili osnovy zhanra "e;krutogo detektiva, no i stali sovremennoj klassikoj v samom shirokom smysle. Na syuzhety CHandlera snyaty neskol'ko ehtalonnyh fil'mov-nuar, i dlya mnogih obraz Marlou prochno associiruetsya s lichnost'yu Hamfri Bogarta, neskol'ko raz snimavshegosya v ehtoj roli. No Bogart ne byl pervym: eshche do ego "e;Dolgogo sna byli snyaty dve ehkranizacii romana "e;Proshchaj, krasavica - s Dzhordzhem Sandersom v 1942 godu i s Dikom Pauehllom v 1944-m; tret'ya ehkranizaciya poyavilas' uzhe v 1975 godu, i v ehtom fil'me Filipa Marlou sygral Robert Mitchem. Marlou predstavlyaet soboj novyj tip detektivnogo geroya: on romantik, sentimental'nyj rycar', vsegda sohranyayushchij svoyu individual'nost' i soblyudayushchij kodeks chesti. On ne ishchet priklyuchenij - oni sami ego nahodyat. Kak v tot martovskij den', kogda on vsego lish' napomnil odnomu verzile, chto za vypivku nado platit'. Ih puti eshche peresekutsya - ved' oba ishchut odnu i tu zhe krasotku...

Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, the Little Sister

Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, the Little Sister

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/01/2017

Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection 8 BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations

Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection 8 BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/09/2016

The complete collection of landmark BBC Radio dramas of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe mysteries. Philip Marlowe is the archetypal noir detective: wisecracking and world-weary, hardboiled yet honourable. This volume includes all eight dramatisations of Raymond Chandler's groundbreaking crime novels featuring his iconic hero. The Big Sleep Marlowe is consulted by a wealthy family man with two big problems: his children. Farewell My Lovely Marlowe's search for an ex-con's ex-girlfriend leads him into danger. The High Window When rare gold coin is stolen from her collection, Mrs Murdoch hires Philip Marlowe to find it. The Lady in the Lake Businessman Derace Kingsley hires Marlowe to find his estranged wife Crystal. The Little Sister Commissioned to find Orfamay Quest's missing brother, Marlowe is drawn into the glamorous film world of Hollywood. The Long Goodbye Marlowe befriends a drunk named Terry Lennox, but comes to regret doing him a favour. Playback Hired to follow the mysterious Betty Mayfield, Marlowe soon finds that he is being tailed too... Poodle Springs Newly-married Marlowe puts his bride aside to look for a gambler on the run. Starring Toby Stephens as Philip Marlowe, these stylish, suspenseful dramatisations - full of witty, ironic dialogue and colourful characters - bring the beautiful, corrupt world of California in the '40s and '50s to luminous life. Duration: 11 hours approx.

Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection

Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2016

The complete collection of landmark BBC Radio dramas of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe mysteries. Philip Marlowe is the archetypal noir detective: wisecracking and world-weary, hardboiled yet honourable. This volume includes all eight dramatisations of Raymond Chandler's groundbreaking crime novels featuring his iconic hero. The Big Sleep Marlowe is consulted by a wealthy family man with two big problems: his children. Farewell My Lovely Marlowe's search for an ex-con's ex-girlfriend leads him into danger. The High Window When rare gold coin is stolen from her collection, Mrs Murdoch hires Philip Marlowe to find it. The Lady in the Lake Businessman Derace Kingsley hires Marlowe to find his estranged wife Crystal. The Little Sister Commissioned to find Orfamay Quest's missing brother, Marlowe is drawn into the glamorous film world of Hollywood. The Long Goodbye Marlowe befriends a drunk named Terry Lennox, but comes to regret doing him a favour. Playback Hired to follow the mysterious Betty Mayfield, Marlowe soon finds that he is being tailed too... Poodle Springs Newly-married Marlowe puts his bride aside to look for a gambler on the run. Starring Toby Stephens as Philip Marlowe, these stylish, suspenseful dramatisations - full of witty, ironic dialogue and colourful characters - bring the beautiful, corrupt world of California in the '40s and '50s to luminous life. Duration: 11 hours approx.

The Lady in the Lake

The Lady in the Lake

Author: Raymond Chandler, Jonathan Kellerman Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/08/2016

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 all the way to a murky mountain lake ...

Long Goodbye

Long Goodbye

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2016

One of the best and most personal novel's by one of the greatest mystery writers of all time. When a friend of private investigator Philip Marlowe's shows up at his house begging the detective to drive him to Tijuana airport, he agrees. Both his friend and his friend's wife turn up dead, and when another case of Marlowe's turns out to have connections to his friend's death, he is determined to uncover what actually happened. Robert Gould played Marlowe in the 1973 film adaptation. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Collected Short Stories

Collected Short Stories

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2016

Raymond Chandler is one of the most significant mystery authors in the history of the genre, helping to create hard-boiled detective fiction, and giving readers the iconic Philip Marlowe. This collection contains all 25 of his short stories, including classics such as "e;The Curtain"e; and "e;The King in Yellow."e; Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Playback

Playback

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2016

The last Philip Marlowe novel finished in Chandler's lifetime. Playback begins with private investigator Philip Marlowe being hired to investigate a woman, but soon discovers that she is the victim of blackmail, and that Marlowe has been suckered into being a pawn in a much bigger game. He turns his attention to the young woman, hoping to free her from the nefarious characters hounding her. Despite being adapted from a screenplay, it is the only Marlowe novel to never be filmed. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Little Sister

Little Sister

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2016

In his fourth novel appearance, private investigator Philip Marlowe is hired to track down a seemingly naive young woman's missing brother, but finds that the brother was caught up in a web of organized crime and murder and now Marlowe is caught in the same web. It was adapted into the film Marlowe, starring James Garner. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Lady in the Lake

Lady in the Lake

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2016

In his fourth novel appearance, private investigator Philip Marlowe is hired to find a businessman's estranged wife, but instead finds a series of dead bodies and crooked cops. Although Chandler himself adapted the novel into a screenplay, it has never been used. The novel was filmed by Robert Montgomery, using a different, shorter script. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

High Window

High Window

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 19/04/2016

In his third novel appearance, private investigator Philip Marlowe is hired to retrieve a rare coin that has gone missing, but as the bodies start piling up around him he realizes that he has become enmeshed in a web of lies and blackmail. It has been filmed twice, first as Time to Kill, and then as The Brasher Doubloon. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

The World Of Raymond Chandler

The World Of Raymond Chandler

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2015

Big Sleep

Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2015

The first Philip Marlowe novel, and one of the most iconic detective stories ever written. Private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by General Sternwood to investigate the blackmailing of his daughter, Carmen. He is able to track down what appears to be the culprit, but quickly realizes that things are much more complicated than they appear. The Big Sleep has been adapted into film twice, with Humphrey Bogart and Robert Mitchum playing Marlowe. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Farewell, My Lovely

Farewell, My Lovely

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2015

In his second novel appearance, private investigator Philip Marlowe has to juggle the case of a missing necklace, and the case of a dead nightclub owner, and to try and discover how the two crimes are connected. It has been adapted for film twice, with Robert Mitchum and Dick Powell as Marlowe, and the plot was used for the film The Falcon Takes Over. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Collected Raymond Chandler

Collected Raymond Chandler

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 16/06/2015

Raymond Chandler is one of the most significant mystery authors in the history of the genre, helping to create hard-boiled detective fiction, and giving readers the iconic Philip Marlowe. This collection contains all 25 of his short stories, including classics such as The Curtain and The King in Yellow, as well as all seven of his novels, including The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

Long Goodbye

Long Goodbye

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 05/05/2015

When Philip Marlowe befriends down-on-his-luck veteran Terry Lennox he gets more than he bargained for. With Lennoxs wife dead and Lennox himself on the lam, Marlowe becomes the target for the local cops and a crazy gangster, while getting mixed up with alcoholic writer Roger Wade and his wife Eileen. Nothing is what it seems as Marlowe unravels the Wades scheme to expose the truth behind Lennoxs facade.The most autobiographical of his novels, The Long Goodbye was considered by Chandler to be his best work. One of the preeminent examples of hard-boiled detective fiction, The Long Goodbye has been adapted for radio, film and television, and received the 1955 Edgar Award for Best Novel.HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Raymond Chandler MEGAPACK (R)

Raymond Chandler MEGAPACK (R)

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2015

Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888-1959) was an American novelist and screenwriter. In 1932, at age forty-four, Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Great Depression. His first short story, "e;Blackmailers Don't Shoot,"e; was published in 1933 in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. Some of Chandler's novels are considered important literary works, and several are often considered masterpieces, including: Farewell, My Lovely (1940) and The Long Goodbye (1953), both included in this volume. All told, 13 stories and one essay on the art of mystery writing are included in this volume.Included are:SMART-ALECK KILL (1934)NEVADA GAS (1935)SPANISH BLOOD (1935)GUNS AT CYRANO'S (1936)NOON STREET NEMESIS (1936)THE KING IN YELLOW (1938)THE BIG SLEEP (1939)PEARLS ARE A NUISANCE (1939)FAREWELL, MY LOVELY (1940)THE HIGH WINDOW (1942)THE LADY IN THE LAKE (1943)THE LONG GOODBYE (1953)PLAYBACK (1958)THE SIMPLE ART OF MURDER (1944)If you enjoy this ebook, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "e;Wildside Press Megapack"e; to see more of the 190+ volumes in this series, covering adventure, historical fiction, mysteries, westerns, ghost stories, science fiction -- and much, much more!

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/08/2014

Hard-boiled detective fiction at its best: Raymond Chandler's best loved novel, The Big Sleep, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time. 'I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.' Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is hired by wheelchair-bound General Sternwood to discover who is indulging in some petty blackmail. A weary, old man, Sternwood just wants the problem to go away. But Marlowe finds he has his work cut out just keeping Sternwood's wild, devil-may-care daughters out of trouble as they prowl LA's dirtiest and darkest streets. And pretty soon, he's up to his neck in hoodlums and corpses . . .

Trouble is My Business

Trouble is My Business

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/11/2013

'I need a man good-looking enough to pick up a dame who has a sense of class, but he's got to be tough enough to swap punches with a power shovel.' In the first of the four cases in Trouble is My Business, Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is offered a job that leaves a bad taste in the mouth: smearing a girl who's 'got her hooks into a rich man's pup'. Before too long Marlowe's up to his neck in corpses and cops and he's taken pity on the girl. There's nothing like making trouble out of your business . . . The four novellas collected here are quintessential Raymond Chandler: slick, crystal-clear writing that pins the reader to the seat and won't let go until the last page is turned. 'Age does not wither Chandler's prose' Literary Review 'Chandler's prose flies off the pages like a burst from a Tommy gun. Chandler was perhaps the finest exponent of the fledgling genre now known as pulp fiction' Scottish Field 'One of the greatest crime writers, who set the standards others still try to attain' Sunday Times 'Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner . . . An original . . . A great artist' Boston Review 'Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since' Paul Auster Discover the newest addition to the inimitable Philip Marlowe series - Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne - out 6 September 2018 in hardback and ebook from Hogarth.

Ultimate Philip Marlowe Collection

Ultimate Philip Marlowe Collection

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 04/06/2013

Since he first appeared in The Big Sleep in 1939, hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe has come to define modern ideals of the private investigator. This special collection brings together all of the stories featuring author Raymond Chandlers most famous character and includes: The Big Sleep, a book that holds a place on TIME Magazines list of Top 100 Novels, and features Marlowes first appearance on the printed page as he works to solve a case for a dying millionaire, as well as Farewell, My Lovely, The High Window, The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, and Playback.Raymond Chandlers hard-boiled private eye has been adapted for film, radio and television numerous times. The most famous portrayal of the character was by Humphrey Bogart in the 1946 movie adaptation of The Big Sleep.HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Farewell My Lovely

Farewell My Lovely

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 07/05/2013

Philip Marlowe has been out of work for a while when he witnesses the felon Malloy loudly questioning a nightclub manager about the whereabouts of his ex-girlfriend, Velma. When Malloy shoots the manager and goes on the lam, Marlowe is pulled into a dangerous chain of events that will end only when he solves the case.Farewell, My Lovely is the second novel to feature author Raymond Chandlers hard-boiled detective, Philip Marlowe. Since he first appeared in Chandlers The Big Sleep in 1939, this famous character has come to define modern ideas of the private investigator. Farewell My Lovely was the first Marlowe story to be adapted for film.HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

High Window

High Window

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 23/04/2013

The task is simple: recover the Brasher doubloon, a valuable gold coin stolen from its owner. But the underground world of ancient artifacts that detective Philip Marlow must navigate is anything but simple. How do an angry Pasadena widow, a missing daughter-in-law with a mysterious past, and a rare gold coin worth a small fortune become entangled in a web of murder, rape, blackmail and human exploitation? Marlowe must find outbefore he too becomes caught.The High Window is the third of crime-fiction writer Raymond Chandlers novels to feature hard-boiled Los Angeles detective Philip Marlowe, who first appeared in The Big Sleep and then featured in dozens of Chandlers short stories and novels. The High Window has been adapted for radio and film (as Time to Kill in 1942 and The Brasher Doubloon in 1947.)HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Playback

Playback

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 23/04/2013

More than a year after the events of The Long Goodbye, hard-boiled private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by an unknown client to tail Eleanor King, a beautiful red-head. Tracking her to the resort town of Esmeralda, Marlowe must unravel the truth about Eleanor and his mysterious client before it is too late. Playback was Raymond Chandlers final novel and was published one year before his death. Since he first appeared in Chandlers The Big Sleep in 1939, Philip Marlowe has come to define our idea of the private investigator. Many of Chandlers short stories and novels featuring the Marlowe character were adapted for film and radio (including 1946 film The Big Sleep, starring Humphrey Bogart), and in 1983, the Marlowe character and many of Chandlers short stories were used as the inspiration for the television series Philip Marlowe, Private Eye. The Philip Marlowe characters popularity was such that Chandler even re-released many of his early short stories, changing the names of the various protagonists to Philip Marlowe.HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Lady In The Lake

Lady In The Lake

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 16/04/2013

Tasked with tracking down the estranged wife of a high-profile client, Derace Kingsley, hard-boiled private investigator Philip Marlowe is soon pulled in over his head when he discovers the drowned body of a woman at a lake. When a local cop takes interest in the investigation, Marlowe needs to solve the increasingly complex puzzle quickly . . . not just to save his clients reputation, but his own neck as well.The Lady in the Lake is the fourth Philip Marlowe story by Raymond Chandler and one of the best-loved. Since it was first published in 1943, The Lady in the Lake has been adapted for film and radio.HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Big Sleep

Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 16/04/2013

The Big Sleep introduces one of the finest crime detectives in literary history, Philip Marlowe. Called to the home of dying millionaire General Sternwood to investigate the blackmailing of Sternwoods daughter, Marlowe quickly finds there is more to the story than just blackmail. The Big Sleep has been adapted twice onto the big screen (1946 and 1978) and was included in TIMEs List of the 100 Best Novels.HarperPerennialClassics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Little Sister

Little Sister

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 30/10/2012

The Little Sister focuses on popular private eye Philip Marlowe. When hired for an easy jobto find a seemingly innocent girl's older brotherMarlowe doesn't expect to find a trail of dead bodies or gangsters in love with movie stars. As he begins to solve the riddles surrounding his investigation, Marlowe discovers that in Hollywood, people will do anything to keep a clean reputation. From one of the original hardboiled detective writers, Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe is in a class of his own. Written after Raymond Chandlers stint as a Hollywood screenwriter, The Little Sister reflects Chandlers experience in the film industry, its corruption, and obsession with image. The Little Sister has been adapted for film and radio. HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital form, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Long Goodbye

Long Goodbye

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 11/09/2012

When Philip Marlowe befriends down-on-his-luck veteran Terry Lennox he gets more than he bargained for. With Lennoxs wife dead and Lennox himself on the lam, Marlowe becomes the target for the local cops and a crazy gangster, while getting mixed up with alcoholic writer Roger Wade and his wife Eileen. Nothing is what it seems as Marlowe unravels the Wades scheme to expose the truth behind Lennoxs facade.HarperPerennial Classics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

Big Sleep

Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 31/01/2012

The Big Sleep introduces one of the finest crime detectives in literary history, Philip Marlowe. Called to the home of dying millionaire General Sternwood to investigate the blackmailing of Sternwoods daughter, Marlowe quickly finds there is more to the story than just blackmail.HarperPerennialClassics brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperPerennial Classics collection to build your digital library.

The Lady in the Lake

The Lady in the Lake

Author: Raymond Chandler, Raymond Chandler, Raymond Chandler Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2011

The Lady in the Lake is a classic detective novel by the master of hard-boiled crime 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 all the way to a murky mountain lake ...'Anything Chandler writes about grips the mind from the first sentence' Daily Telegraph 'One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards others still try to attain' Sunday Times 'Chandler is an original stylist, creator of a character as immortal as Sherlock Holmes' Anthony Burgess Best-known as the creator of the original private eye, Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and died in 1959. Many of his books have been adapted for the screen, and he is widely regarded as one of the very greatest writers of detective fiction. His books include The Big Sleep, The Little Sister, Farewell, My Lovely, The Long Good-bye, The Lady in the Lake, Playback, Killer in the Rain, The High Window and Trouble is My Business.

Killer in the Rain

Killer in the Rain

Author: Raymond Chandler, Raymond Chandler Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/10/2011

From the creased pages of 1930s pulp magazines Black Mask and Dime Detective come eight of Raymond Chandler's finest short stories: KILLER IN THE RAIN, THE MAN WHO LIKED DOGS, THE CURTAIN, TRY THE GIRL, MANDARIN'S JADE, BAY CITY BLUES, THE LADY IN THE LAKE and NO CRIME IN THE MOUNTAINS Set against a Southern Californian backdrop, the stories are rich with suspense, violence and tragedy, and each comes laced with booze, bullets and a detective with an eye for a damsel in distress and an even keener eye for justice . . . Readers will also recognize episodes, characters and flashbacks from the Marlowe novels that made Chandler the undisputed master of his genre. 'Anything he writes about grips the mind from the first sentence. It is a spare, finished performance: full of life and character: as tense as a tiger, springing into action' Daily Telegraph 'One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards others still try to attain' Sunday Times 'Chandler is an original stylist, creator of a character as immortal as Sherlock Holmes' Anthony Burgess

The High Window

The High Window

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 20/10/2011

Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the '40s and '50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily. In The High Window, Marlowe starts out on the trail of a single stolen coin and ends up knee-deep in bodies. His client, a dried-up husk of a woman, wants him to recover a rare gold coin called a Brasher Doubloon, missing from her late husband's collection. That's the simple part. But Marlowe finds that everyone who handles the coin suffers a run of very bad luck: they always end up dead. If Marlowe doesn't wrap this one up fast, he's going to end up in jail - or worse, in a box in the ground. Starring Toby Stephens, this thrilling dramatisation by Robin Brooks retains all the wry humour of Chandler's serpentine suspense novel. 2 CDs. 1 hr 26 mins.

The Long Goodbye

The Long Goodbye

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 13/10/2011

Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the '40s and '50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily. In The Long Goodbye, Marlowe forms an uneasy friendship with a drunk named Terry Lennox. So when Lennox shows up late one night, looking guilty and asking for a ride to Tijuana airport, Marlowe agrees - though he suspects he's going to regret it. He's right. First Lennox's rich, adulterous wife is found murdered, then Marlowe is arrested, then Lennox himself turns up dead in Mexico: an apparent suicide with a signed confession by his side. And if that wasn't enough, Marlowe also finds himself babysitting an author to make sure he delivers his next book. Trying to juggle two increasingly tricky cases, Marlowe knows that if he takes his eye off the ball, he could end up dead... Starring Toby Stephens, this powerful dramatisation by Stephen Wyatt cannot fail to draw you into Raymond Chandler's darkly attractive world of deceit, decadence and death. 2 CDs. 1 hr 27 mins.

Playback: A Graphic Novel

Playback: A Graphic Novel

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2011

Betty Mayfield is blond and beautiful and has just been found guilty of murdering her husband. But when the jundge realizes the jury is terrified of her father-in-law--the man who owns everything in this small North Carolina town--he overturns the verdict. Her father-in-law swears vengeance, and Betty flees. Seeking a new life, she meets Larry Mitchell, a brash but charming gigolo, on the train to Vancouver. He brings her to the Royal Vancouver Hotel, where she checks into a room beneath the penthouse of wealthy playboy Clark Brandon, who takes her under his wing. When Mitchell's body turns up on Betty's balcony, jaded inspector Jeff Killaine is assigned to the case, but finds himself falling for Betty. Did she do it, or was she framed? This graphic novel presents a heart-pounding tale of betrayal, blackmail, and murder that will take you to the edge of your seat on a ride through Raymond Chandler's last thriller.

Level 2: Lady in the Lake Book and MP3 Pack

Level 2: Lady in the Lake Book and MP3 Pack

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 02/08/2011

The High Window

The High Window

Author: Raymond Chandler, Raymond Chandler Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2011

'He lay crumpled on his back. Very lonely, very dead. The safe door was wide open. A metal drawer was pulled out. It was empty now. There may have been money in it once.' Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe's on a case: his client, a dried-up husk of a woman, wants him to recover a rare gold coin called a Brasher Doubloon, missing from her late husband's collection. That's the simple part. It becomes more complicated when Marlowe finds that everyone who handles the coin suffers a run of very bad luck: they always end up dead. That's also unlucky for a private investigator, because leaving a trail of corpses around LA puts cops' noses seriously out of joint. If Marlowe doesn't wrap this one up fast, he's going to end up either in jail or in a wooden box in the ground . . . The High Window is Raymond Chandler's third novel featuring laconic PI Philip Marlowe. 'Chandler's books should be read and judged, not as escapist literature, but as works of art' W.H. Auden 'Chandler grips the mind from the first sentence' Daily Telegraph 'One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards others still try to attain' Sunday Times 'Chandler is an original stylist, creator of a character as immortal as Sherlock Holmes' Anthony Burgess Discover the newest addition to the inimitable Philip Marlowe series - Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne - out 6 September 2018 in hardback and ebook from Hogarth.

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/06/2011

'I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.' Los Angeles Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wheelchair-bound General Sternwood to discover who is blackmailing him. A broken, weary old man, Sternwood just wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. However, with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out. And that's before he stumbles over the first corpse. The Big Sleep is Raymond Chandler's first novel featuring laconic PI Philip Marlowe. 'One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards others still try to attain' Sunday Times 'Chandler grips the mind from the first sentence' Daily Telegraph 'One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards others still try to attain' Sunday Times 'Chandler is an original stylist, creator of a character as immortal as Sherlock Holmes' Anthony Burgess Discover the newest addition to the inimitable Philip Marlowe series - Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne - out 6 September 2018 in hardback and ebook from Hogarth.

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2011

Playback

Playback

Author: Raymond Chandler, Kathy Reichs Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2011

'I know it sounds corny, but I could drill you and get away with it.' 'Okay,' I said thickly. 'For fifty bucks a day I don't get shot. That costs seventy-five.' Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is mixing business with pleasure - he's getting paid to follow a lovely mysterious redhead called Eleanor King. And wherever Miss King goes, trouble is sure to follow. But she's easy on the eye and Marlowe's happy to do as he's told. But one dead body later and what started out as a lazy afternoon's snooping soon becomes a deadly cocktail of blackmail, lies, mistaken identity - and murder . . . Playback is Raymond Chandler's last full-length novel featuring laconic PI Philip Marlowe. 'Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since' Paul Auster 'Chandler grips the mind from the first sentence' Daily Telegraph 'One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards others still try to attain' Sunday Times 'Chandler is an original stylist, creator of a character as immortal as Sherlock Holmes' Anthony Burgess Discover the newest addition to the inimitable Philip Marlowe series - Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne - out 6 September 2018 in hardback and ebook from Hogarth.

Raymond Chandler Playback

Raymond Chandler Playback

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2011

Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the '40s and '50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily. In Playback, Marlowe is awakened early in the morning by a phone call from a lawyer. Clyde Umney instructs him to meet the eight o'clock train from Chicago, and shadow one of the passengers. The lady in question, Eleanor King, is beautiful, classy and clearly unhappy. Obediently, Marlowe follows her - all the way to Esmerelda, where she's going under the name Betty Mayfield and being leaned on by a cheap blackmailer. Stuck doing a sneaky job for people he doesn't like, Marlowe feels even grubbier than usual: and he's soon in more trouble than usual too as he comes up against gangsters, hard men and a hitman... Starring Toby Stephens, this exciting dramatisation retains all the verve of Chandler's last novel. 1 CD. 56 mins.

Farewell My Lovely

Farewell My Lovely

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2011

Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the '40s and '50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily. In Farewell My Lovely, Marlowe has a chance encounter with a not-so-gentle giant outside Florian's nightclub. Just released from prison, Moose Malloy is looking for his old flame, red-haired Velma Valento, who he last saw eight years ago. Before Marlowe can blink, Malloy has smashed up the club, broken the manager's neck and headed out of the door. Marlowe knows this mess is none of his business, but he has a hunch that he can find Velma. He just has to hope that curiosity doesn't get him killed as well... Starring Toby Stephens, this fast-paced dramatisation is full of wisecracks and colourful characters, and retains all the charm and humour of Chandler's stylish, suspenseful novel. 2 CDs. 1 hr 26 mins.

The Lady In The Lake

The Lady In The Lake

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 24/02/2011

Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the '40s and '50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily. In The Lady in the Lake, Derace Kingsley, a wealthy businessman, hires Marlowe to find his estranged wife Crystal, fearing that she may have got herself into a scandal. Rich, pretty, spoiled and reckless, Crystal is all kinds of trouble rolled into one as far as Marlowe's concerned, but he agrees to take the case and heads to Kingsley's vacation home in Little Fawn Lake to find the lady. And sure enough, one turns up - drowned and almost unrecognizable except for her clothes and jewellery. But there's a snag: the body is identified as Muriel Chess, the caretaker's wife. With Crystal still missing and corpses turning up wherever he goes, the case soon turns into one of the toughest Marlowe's ever encountered... Starring Toby Stephens, this thrilling dramatisation perfectly evokes the atmosphere of Chandler's fast-paced, absorbing novel. 2 CDs. 1 hr 27 mins.

The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 24/02/2011

Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the '40s and '50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily. The Big Sleep finds the world-weary, wisecracking investigator consulted by a wealthy family man with two big problems: his children. Carmen Sternwood has got herself mixed up with a blackmailer, while Vivian has managed to mislay her husband, ex-bootlegger Rusty Regan. Old, ailing General Sternwood hires Marlowe to take care of things - but it's not too long before the bodies start piling up, and Marlowe finds himself knee-deep in trouble... Starring Toby Stephens, this landmark dramatisation retains all the suspense and excitement of Chandler's complex and compelling novel. 2 CDs. 1 hr 26 mins.

Level 2: Lady in the Lake

Level 2: Lady in the Lake

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/02/2008

Contemporary / American English Detective Philip Marlowe is looking for Derace Kingsley's wife, Crystal. Is she dead or not? Marlowe finds more than one dead body and learns about women, drugs, men in love, and a police cover-up. Who killed The Lady in the Lake and why?

Oxford Bookworms Library: Goldfish Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 3:: Goldfish 1000 Headwords

Oxford Bookworms Library: Goldfish Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 3:: Goldfish 1000 Headwords

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/01/2008

Classics, modern fiction, non-fiction and more. Written for secondary and adult students the Oxford Bookworms Library has seven reading levels from A1-C1 of the CEFR. The Leander pearls were stolen nineteen years ago. The thief was caught, but the pearls were never found, and there is still a $25,000 reward for anyone who finds them. Then somebody comes to private detective Carmady with a story about a guy who knows where the pearls are hidden. Carmady agrees to talk to the guy who says he knows. But he finds him dead in his bed, with burned feet, and it seems there are quite a lot of people in Los Angeles who have heard the story, and who are out looking for the Leander pearls...CEFR B1 Word count 10,100

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 4:: The Big Sleep

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 4:: The Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler, Rosalie Kerr Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/12/2007

Classics, modern fiction, non-fiction and more. Written for secondary and adult students the Oxford Bookworms Library has seven reading levels from A1-C1 of the CEFR. General Sternwood has four million dollars, and two young daughters, both pretty and both wild. He's an old, sick man, close to death, but he doesn't like being blackmailed. So he asks private detective Philip Marlowe to get the blackmailer off his back. Marlowe knows the dark side of life in Los Angeles well, and nothing much surprises him. But the Sternwood girls are a lot wilder than their old father realizes. They like men, drink, drugs - and it's not just a question of blackmail. CEFR B1/B2 Word count 15,960

Philip Marlowe's Guide to Life

Philip Marlowe's Guide to Life

Author: Raymond Chandler, Martin Asher Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2006

Philip Marlowe is the quintessential American detective. His effortless masculinity, smouldering sexuality and silver tongue remain the embodiment of cool. He likes booze, women, and working alone - portrayed on film by the rougher, tougher stars of Hollywood, Robert Mitchum and Humphrey Bogart - but, in a world defined by betrayal, mistrust, and double-dealing, Marlowe's rough exterior belies an unshakeable code of honour. Taken together, his observations and witticisms represent some of the most scathing and brilliant writing in crime fiction, and coalesce into a wonderfully alluring worldview, a vision of unswerving righteousness, accountability, and stylish conduct in a sea of turpitude and injustice. Chandler's genius transcended genre and left behind a legacy of grit and disarming beauty. Here is a brilliant and loving tribute to that legacy that's sure to delight fans old and new.

Farewell, My Lovely

Farewell, My Lovely

Author: Raymond Chandler, Colin Dexter Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/07/2005

'I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun. I put them on and went out of the room' Cynical Los Angeles Private Investigator Philip Marlowe always falls for a sob story. Eight years ago Moose Malloy and cute little redhead Velma were getting married - until Malloy was framed for armed robbery. Now he's out and he wants Velma back. Marlowe meets Malloy one hot day in Hollywood and, out of the generosity of his jaded heart, agrees to help. Dragged from one smoky bar to another, Marlowe's search for Velma turns up plenty of gangsters with a nasty habit of shooting first and talking later. And soon what started as a search for a missing person becomes a matter of life and death . . . Farewell, My Lovely is Raymond Chandler's second novel featuring laconic PI Philip Marlowe. 'Chandler grips the mind from the first sentence' Daily Telegraph 'One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards others still try to attain' Sunday Times 'Chandler is an original stylist, creator of a character as immortal as Sherlock Holmes' Anthony Burgess Discover the newest addition to the inimitable Philip Marlowe series - Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne - out 6 September 2018 in hardback and ebook from Hogarth.

Collected Stories

Collected Stories

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/09/2002

The only complete collection of shorter fiction by the undisputed master of detective literature, assembled here for the first time in one volume, includes stories unavailable for decades. When Raymond Chandler turned to writing at the age of forty-five, he began by publishing in pulp magazines such as Black Mask before later writing his famous novels. In these stories 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 detective fiction - in which his signature atmosphere of depravity and violence swirls around cool, intuitive loners such as Philip Marlowe - Chandler turned his hand to fantasy and even a Gothic romance. This rich treasury of twenty-five stories shows him developing the laconic, understated style that would serve him so well in his later masterpieces, immersing readers in the richly realized fictional universe that has become a part of our literary landscape.

The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, The High Window Volume 1

The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, The High Window Volume 1

Author: Raymond Chandler, Diane Johnson Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/09/2002

Raymond Chandler's first three novels, published here in one volume, established his reputation as an unsurpassed master of hard-boiled detective fiction. The Big Sleep, Chandler's first novel, introduces Philip Marlowe, a private detective inhabiting the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s, as he takes on a case involving a paralysed California millionaire, two psychotic daughters, blackmail and murder. In Farewell, My Lovely, Marlowe deals with the gambling circuit, a murder he stumbles upon, and three very beautiful but potentially deadly women. In The High Window, Marlowe searches the California underworld for a priceless gold coin and finds himself deep in the tangled affairs of a dead coin collector. In all three novels, Chandler's hard-edged prose, colourful characters, vivid vernacular, and, above all, his enigmatic loner of a hero, establish his enduring claim to the heights of his chosen genre.

The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, Playback Volume 2

The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, Playback Volume 2

Author: Raymond Chandler, Tom Hiney Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2002

Creator of the famous Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler elevated the American hard-boiled detective genre to an art form. His last four novels, published here in one volume, offer ample opportunity to savour the unique and compelling fictional world that made his works modern classics. The Lady in the Lake moves Marlowe out of his usual habitat of city streets and into the mountains outside Los Angeles in his strange search for a missing woman. The Little Sister takes Marlowe to Hollywood, where he tries to find a sweet young thing's missing brother, uncovering on the way a little blackmail, a lot of drugs, and more than enough murder. In The Long Goodbye, a case involving a war-scarred drunk and his nymphomaniac wife has Marlowe constantly on the move: a psychotic gangster's on his trail, he's in trouble with the cops, and more and more corpses keep turning up. Playback features a well-endowed redhead who leads Marlowe to the California coast to solve a tale of big money and, of course, murder. Throughout these masterpieces, Marlowe's wry humour and existential sense of his job prove yet again why he has become one of the most recognized and imitated characters in fiction.

The Lady in the Lake and Other Novels

The Lady in the Lake and Other Novels

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/06/2001

An omnibus comprising Raymond Chandler's three Philip Marlowe novels, THE LADY IN THE LAKE, THE HIGH WINDOW and THE LITTLE SISTER.

The Big Sleep and Other Novels

The Big Sleep and Other Novels

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/02/2000

Raymond Chandler was America's preeminent writer of detective fiction, and this Penguin Modern Classics edition of The Big Sleep and Other Novels collects three of the best novels to feature his hard-drinking, philosophising PI, Philip Marlowe. Raymond Chandler created the fast talking, trouble seeking Californian private eye Philip Marlowe for his first great novel The Big Sleep in 1939. Often imitated but never bettered, 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. Marlowe's entanglement with the Sternwood family - and an attendant cast of colourful underworld figures - is the background to a story reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the great American Dream. The hard-boiled detective's iconic image burns just as brightly in Farewell My Lovely, on the trail of a missing nightclub crooner. And the inimitable Marlowe is able to prove that trouble really is his business in Raymond Chandler's brilliant epitaph, The Long Goodbye. Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) was born in Chicago. 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, adapted into Howard Hawks' classic 1946 film noir, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. If you liked The Big Sleep and Other Novels, you might enjoy Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards that others still try to attain' Sunday Times 'Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since.' Paul Auster, author of The New York Trilogy 'Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angelos with a romantic presence' Ross Macdonald, author of The Drowning Pool

Raymond Chandler Speaking

Raymond Chandler Speaking

Author: Raymond Chandler, Paul Skenazy Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/04/1997

Tough-minded and typically idiosyncratic, here is Chandler on Chandler, the mystery novel, writing, Hollywood, TV, publishing, cats, and famous crimes. This skillfully edited selection of letters, articles, and notes also includes the short story A Couple of Writers and the first chapters of Chandler's last Philip Marlowe novel, The Poodle Springs Story , left unfinished at his death. Paul Skenazy has provided a new introduction for this edition as well as a new selected bibliography.

Big Sleep, The & The High Window

Big Sleep, The & The High Window

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Ed Bishop stars as Philip Marlowe in these powerfully atmospheric BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Raymond Chandler's novels about the cynical, world-weary, wise-cracking shamus whose honesty in a dishonest world sent him down the mean streets again and again in search of some kind of justice. The Big Sleep General Sternwood's daughters came in both the colours of trouble - blonde and brunette - and they had all the usual vices. With four million dollars behind them, blackmail was only a matter of time. And blackmail can be murder. The High Window Linda Conquest was very tough, very kissable and very missing, along with one very valuable old coin. But for some reason the interested parties didn't seem too interested in finding either of them. Especially when the trail led to the underworld and beyond. And by then Marlowe was knee deep in dead men...

Long Goodbye, The

Long Goodbye, The

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Ed Bishop stars as Philip Marlowe in this powerful and atmospheric full-cast 1978 adaptation of Raymond Chandler's classic noir novel. The first time Marlowe sets eyes on Terry Lennox, he is lying drunk in the passenger seat of a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith. The next time, he's on Skid Row. After they share a few Gimlets, Marlowe thinks he seems like a nice guy, but he's had a hard life his white hair and scarred face testify to that. Or could it be marriage to Sylvia Lennox that has turned him prematurely grey? Although beautiful and rich, she plays the field in a big way. Lennox says he has the promise of a job in Las Vegas, and Marlowe helps him out with the cost of the ticket. Two weeks later, he gets the money back, with a note from Lennox saying he is starting a second honeymoon with Sylvia. But the honeymoon turns sour, the dame ends up dead and Lennox turns up on Marlowe's doorstep in big trouble. He needs to get away in a hurry, and against his better judgement Marlowe agrees to take him to Tijuana. Soon after, the cops arrive, and Marlowe finds himself cooling his heels in the can, suspected of helping Sylvia's killer escape. And that's not the end of his problems, not by a long shot...

Classic Chandler: The Big Sleep

Classic Chandler: The Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse...

Classic Chandler: Playback

Classic Chandler: Playback

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Raymond Chandler's final completed Philip Marlowe mystery. Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the '40s and '50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily. In 'Playback', Marlowe is awakened early in the morning by a phone call from a lawyer. Clyde Umney instructs him to meet the eight o'clock train from Chicago, and shadow one of the passengers. The lady in question, Eleanor King, is beautiful, classy and clearly unhappy. Obediently, Marlowe follows her - all the way to Esmerelda, where she's going under the name Betty Mayfield and being leaned on by a cheap blackmailer. Stuck doing a sneaky job for people he doesn't like, Marlowe feels even grubbier than usual: and he's soon in more trouble than usual too as he comes up against gangsters, hard men and a hitman... Starring Toby Stephens, this exciting dramatisation retains all the verve of Chandler's last novel.

Classic Chandler: Farewell My Lovely

Classic Chandler: Farewell My Lovely

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Raymond Chandler's second Philip Marlowe mystery. Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the '40s and '50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amidst the corruption he encounters daily. In 'Farewell My Lovely', Marlowe has a chance encounter with a not-so-gentle giant outside Florian's nightclub. Just released from prison, Moose Malloy is looking for his old flame, red-haired Velma Valento, who he last saw eight years ago. Before Marlowe can blink, Malloy has smashed up the club, broken the manager's neck and headed out of the door. Marlowe knows this mess is none of his business, but he has a hunch that he can find Velma. He just has to hope that curiosity doesn't get him killed as well... Starring Toby Stephens, this fast-paced dramatisation is full of wisecracks and colourful characters, and retains all the charm and humour of Chandler's stylish, suspenseful novel.

Classic Chandler: The Lady in the Lake

Classic Chandler: The Lady in the Lake

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. 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 all the way to a murky mountain lake...

High Window, The

High Window, The

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. Philip Marlowe's on a case: his client, a dried-up husk of a woman, wants him to recover a rare gold coin called a Brasher Doubloon, missing from her late husband's collection. That's the simple part. It becomes more complicated when Marlowe finds that everyone who handles the coin suffers a run of very bad luck: they always end up dead. That's also unlucky for a private investigator, because leaving a trail of corpses around LA gets cops' noses out of joint. If Marlowe doesn't wrap this one up fast, he's going to end up in jail - or worse, in a box in the ground...

Little Sister, The

Little Sister, The

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. Her name is Orfamay Quest and she's come all the way from Manhattan, Kansas, to find her missing brother Orrin. Or least ways that's what she tells PI Philip Marlowe, offering him a measly twenty bucks for the privilege. But Marlowe's feeling charitable - though it's not long before he wishes he wasn't so sweet. You see, Orrin's trail leads Marlowe to luscious movie starlets, uppity gangsters, suspicious cops and corpses with ice picks jammed in their necks. When trouble comes calling, sometimes it's best to pretend to be out...

Long Goodbye, The

Long Goodbye, The

Author: Raymond Chandler Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

A brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe. Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He's willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover. Marlowe is sure Lennox didn't kill his wife, but how many more stiffs will turn up before he gets to the truth?

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