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This is the second volume of a collection of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe mysteries, and it is superb reading. I love "LA Noir," and Chandler is arguably the father of this genre. Being an Angeleno, it is great fun reading about Marlowe visiting various locations from San Diego to Santa Barbara and knowing exactly where he is. While all of the novels in this collection are terrific, my favorite Chandler novel of them all is The Long Goodbye, and if you read that then you simply must read Pl...
Raymond Chandler is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy. Or at least my ownership of this is proof that someone loves me, because these are four of the best novels I've read all year.Philip Marlowe, Chandler's detective, roams the streets of Los Angeles and environs, looking for clues, criminals, or someone to hit with a witty one-liner. He's tired, lonely, propelled forward by some impetus he doesn't reveal; what we see of him comes in bits and pieces: he's in his late thirties, no...
The second Raymond Chandler omnibus, containing his last 4 novels in one sweet-looking hardcover. As with the other omnibus volumes of Everyman's Library (like The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The High Window, The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, Red Harvest, The Dain Curse, The Glass Key, and Selected Stories, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce and Selected Stories, and others...), this is actually a better deal than buying the trade paperbacks separately: it's che...
"Crime isn't a disease, it's a symptom. Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumor, except that the cop would rather cure it with a blackjack. We're a big rough rich wild people and crime is the price we pay for it, and organized crime is the price we pay for organization. We'll have it with us a long time. Organized crime is just the dirty side of the sharp dollar."
I don't often read genre fiction but when I was kid, it was all I read, especially the detective kind. Chandler's awesome. Of course. Just finished the first novel in this collection, "The Lady in the Lake." Talk about thrust! It literally reached out, grabbed me, and pulled me through through the book to the final page in about three days: one day reading about 20 pages; the next, 80 pages; the next, 120 pages. And if I wasn't so busy, you can bet I would finished this in one day. The style is
"The Lady in the Lake" and "The Little Sister" behind me. What is there to say about Raymond Chandler? I used to be a Hammett man. Didn't think Chandler held a candle to him. I was so, so wrong. So wrong. Just started "The Long Goodbye", and expectations are high, not least because of the Altman/Gould film. "The Little Sister" floored me. It put me on the floor and stapled me to the floor and buried the floor and covered the buried floor in an ocean of floorage. I don't even know what so say exc...
Knopf is the name associated with "Black Mask" stories and hardboiled genre, so it is perhaps suitable that Chandler's greatest stories have been published so handsomely by Knopf, that beats even the "Library of America" version in its elegance & strength. The novels themselves are almost gold-standards of hardboiled or mystery fiction, and should be considered as great pieces of literature on their own. Highly recommended.
I read 2 of the 4 novels: The Lady in the Lake and The Long Goodbye. I think these are the 2 popular ones, and I wanted to just get a taste of Raymond Chandler. I didn't identify too much with the time period (LA in the 50s) or the main character, but the unexpected twists and turns in the mystery were entertaining.
All great stories, but I lost some of the awesomeness by bingeing and reading all of them at once. The Big Sleep and Farewell, My Lovely are two of his best ones. The Long Goodbye is also in the top three, but it's a different structure, with more autobiographical elements.Chandler's top theme is always that the corrupt rich can buy protection, while the lower classes get the punishment.
Of these four The Long Goodbye is the best though not a lot happens and I'm not sure how plausible the twist at the end is for 1953. The Little Sister was the weakest. There were a couple of errors in the text like a heading for the wrong story.
I'm about halfway through this collection. Still have to read The Long Goodbye and Playback.
I love everything Raymond Chandler did. He had an amazing sense for setting and dialogue. And this Everyman's Library collection looks handsome on a shelf.
The great American stylist. Essential.
If you have no Chandler, this collection is a must-own -- the first and third novels here are among the best he's ever done.
I kind of liked it , its a criminal roman about a missing person
I reviewed two of the books in this anthology under their own titles, "The Lady in the Lake" and "Playback".