Killer in the Rain

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Penguin Books Limited, Feb 15, 2011 - Fiction - 80 pages
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'I pushed her back into the house without saying anything, shut the door. We stood looking at each other inside. She dropped her hand slowly and tried to smile. Then all expression went out of her white face and it looked as intelligent as the bottom of a shoe box...I lit my cigarette, puffed it slowly for a moment and then asked: "What are you doing here?"

Before creating Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler perfected the hardboiled private detective story in the pages of Blask Mask magazine - tough, spare tales of gumshoes and murder, laced with a weary lyricism and deadpan, laconic wit. 'Killer in the Rain' is vintage Chandler, the groundwork for his classic first novel The Big Sleep.

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User Review  - Jillian - Goodreads

This is an interesting look at the various iterations of plot development that an author can go through before creating a final major work. Killer in the Rain is a series of stories that Chandler ... Read full review

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User Review  - Charles Fresquez - Goodreads

It's Raymond Chandler so of course it was an amazing read once again. This collection of short stories give one a glimpse into Chandlers process of using short stories to create longer works. Chandler takes elements of at least two stories and used them in the novel "The Big Sleep". Read full review

About the author (2011)

Raymond Thornton 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. It is in Marlowe's long shadow that every fictional detective must stand - and under the influence of Raymond Chandler's addictive prose that every crime author must write. He died in California in 1959.

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