The High Window: A Novel (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 11, 2002 - Fiction - 265 pages
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A wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law with a past, and a gold coin worth a small fortuneóthe elements don't quite add up until Marlowe discovers evidence of murder, rape, blackmail, and the worst kind of human exploitation.

"Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude."-- Erle Stanley Gardner

"Raymond Chandler has given us a detective who is hard-boiled enough to be convincing . . . and that is no mean achievement." -- The New York Times

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Smart writing, great dialogue and a good mystery. - Goodreads
At times the plot drags in this book. - Goodreads
A great page turner. - Goodreads
But the characters and plot interested me less. - Goodreads
The ending on this one surprised me. - Goodreads
An impossible to follow plot and not enough action. - Goodreads

Review: The High Window (Philip Marlowe #3)

User Review  - David - Goodreads

As usual Marlowe is called on to solve a seemingly simple case which descends into multiple murders, plenty of tough guys, hard cops and sleazy women and eventually some dark secrets. But it's all ... Read full review

Review: The High Window (Philip Marlowe #3)

User Review  - rma - Goodreads

Very good. Wordy but good mystery. True Raymond Chandler. Read full review



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About the author (2002)

Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandlerís detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandlerís novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died in La Jolla, California on March 26, 1959.

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