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The Big Sleep

And, Farewell, My Lovely
Chandler, Raymond (Book - 1995)
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The Big Sleep
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These two classic novels featuring private eye Philip Marlowe made Raymond Chandler's name synonymous with America's hard-boiled school of crime fiction. The Big Sleep was an instant success when first published in 1939. It centers around a paralyzed California millionaire with two psychopathic daughters; he involves Marlowe in a case of blackmail that turns into murder. Farewell My Lovely , which Chandler regarded as his finest work, came out the following year. It has Marlowe dealing with the Los Angeles gambling circuit, a murder he stumbles upon, and three very beautiful but potentially deadly women. "Chandler writes like a slumming angel and invests the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence," said Ross Macdonald. And George V. Higgins wrote: "Chandler is fun to read. He's as bleak as tundra, and his dirtbag characters far outnumber his stellar citizens, but Philip Marlowe is a laconic tour guide through a zoo of truly interesting animals."
Authors: Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959
Uniform Title: Big sleep
Title: The big sleep
and, Farewell, my lovely
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1995
Edition: Modern Library ed
Characteristics: vii, 524 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Raymond Chandler
Additional Contributors: Chandler, Raymond (Farewell, my lovely) 1888-1959
Alternate Title: Farewell, my lovely
Big sleep
ISBN: 0679601406
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY CHANDLER
Subject Headings: Los Angeles (Calif.) Fiction Private investigators California Los Angeles Fiction Marlowe, Philip (Fictitious character) Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Topical Term: Private investigators
Marlowe, Philip (Fictitious character)
LCCN: 94044401
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Ross MacDonald said: Chandler writes like a slumming angel and invests the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence.

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These are fast moving, suspenseful whodunits. The plots are tight and the characters all memorable. Don't skip a line because the detail is interesting and necessary to the plot. The one-liners are quotable ("She had the kind of face that would make a bishop kick out a stained glass window"; "She was good looking, but not so good looking that a guy would have to wear brass knuckles when he took her out").

Makes the Millenium Series (Girl with Tatoos) seem like a rough first draft.


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