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 ...
Penguin Books Ltd
Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and moved to England with his family when he was twelve. He attended Dulwich College, Alma Mater to some of the twentieth century’s most renowned writers. Returning to America in 1912, he settled in California, worked in a number of jobs, and later married. It was during the Depression era that he seriously turned his hand to writing and his first published story appeared in the pulp magazine Black Mask in 1933, followed six years later by his first novel. The Big Sleep introduced the world to Philip Marlowe, the often imitated but never-bettered hard-boiled private investigator.
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Marlowe is hard-boiled but soft-hearted
Wanted to read Chandler's work for a long time now,knowing how his protagonist is one of the leading and famous hard-boiled detectives. However the reviews do not stress so much on Marlowe's softer side, an emotion which I believe puts him in a different dimension from all the other detectives.Chandler's writing is as smooth as it can get. I agree completely with the other review of how his skilful invention of the metaphors, similes and symbolism are very clever and witty. You just know from...