The Big Sleep

The Big Sleep

Farewell, My Lovely ; The High Window

Book - 2002
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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 paralyzed 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, colorful characters, vivid vernacular, and, above all, his enigmatic loner of a hero, enduringly establish his claim not only to the heights of his chosen genre but to the pantheon of literary art.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2002
ISBN: 9780375415012
0375415017
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY CHANDLE 2002
Characteristics: xxxi, 656 pages ; 22 cm

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Charlie68
Dec 31, 2015

Philip Marlowe is at his best as a cynical worldly-wise detective hired to solve labyrinthine crimes.

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4thGlobal
May 04, 2012

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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debwalker Oct 21, 2010

Opening line of The Big Sleep: "It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills."

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