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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.