"The Big Sleep" is Raymond Chandler's most famous and popular novel of all Los Angeles. PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters ...Read More"The Big Sleep" is Raymond Chandler's most famous and popular novel of all Los Angeles. PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse..."Anything Chandler writes about grips the mind from the first sentence". ("Daily Telegraph"). "One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards others still try to attain". ("Sunday Times"). "Chandler is an original stylist, creator of a character as immortal as Sherlock Holmes". (Anthony Burgess). Best-known as the creator of the original private eye, Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and died in 1959. Many of his books have been adapted for the screen, and he is widely regarded as one of the very greatest writers of detective fiction. His books include "The Big Sleep", "The Little Sister", "Farewell", "My Lovely", "The Long Good-bye", "The Lady in the Lake", "Playback", "Killer in the Rain", "The High Window" and "Trouble is My Business".Read Less
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I ENJOYED THIS BOOK SO MUCH, I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.
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.
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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