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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.
April 2012 Guest Editor Paul Torday on The Long Good-bye... There are other contenders for the invention of the wisecracking, tough but romantic private eye, but if Raymond Chandler wasn’t the first, I think he was the best. In this novel Philip Marlowe takes risks to defend a man who turns out to be not worth the trouble. And he falls for a woman who turns out to be definitely worth the trouble. Almost every line of this book is a joy, and Chandler is a lot more than a thriller writer. His style is laconic, yet at times his descriptions of people and places are almost lyrical.
Like Raymond Chandler; read Michael Connelly. Both these American master storytellers principally write about Los Angeles and its boulevards of broken dreams and toil in the so-called hardboiled streets. Their respective heroes, Philip Marlowe and Harry Bosch act as avenging knights decades apart but the sense of anger at corruption and the spread of evil is the same, alongside carefully-tuned plots and galleries of wonderful characters, full of colour and pathos. Chandler created the model for modern crime fiction, Connelly takes over the relay and brought it into the 21st century.Recommended:Raymond Chandler - THE LITTLE SISTER. Not his most known, but a fascinating and tender glimpse into the intricate webs of deception that bring people together and then destroy them.Michael Connelly - THE POET. A stand-alone novel that does not feature Harry Bosch, but follows a group of FBI agents on the trail of a terribly devious serial killer. A breathless masterpiece.
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;
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.