The Big Sleep

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'I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.' Los Angeles Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wheelchair-bound General Sternwood to discover who is blackmailing him. A broken, weary old man, Sternwood just wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. However, with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out. And that's ...

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Latoya B

Mar 22, 2012

this book is great

I ENJOYED THIS BOOK SO MUCH, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.

PaTalk

Jul 23, 2010

Classic mystery at its best

You just can't read this without the image of Humphrey Bogart in your mind. This is the kind of mystery that influenced everything after it's publication. Love the phrasing and pictures Chandler presents and the fast action.

rejoyce

Oct 23, 2007

The Sun-Blinded Southland

Raymond Chandler practically invented the Southern California detective novel, which also includes Ross MacDonald and Walter Mosley. His protagonist Philip Marlowe stalks a sun-blinded Southland of elite mansions, transient motels, retired generals, nymphomaniac daughters, and cagey heiresses. Chandler rises above the crowd with his way with a metaphor and his witty, tough-guy repartee. Our image of Los Angeles--its glamour and seediness--is forever refracted through Chandler's stylish prose. The principals in Howard Hawks' movie version of The Big Sleep claimed not to understand the convolutions of the plot, but no matter. It's the pleasure of the prose that counts.

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