Playback: A Graphic Novel

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Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated, 2011 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 128 pages
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A heart-pounding tale of betrayal, blackmail, and murder that will take you to the edge of your seat on a storyboard ride through Raymond Chandler's last thriller.Unearthed from the Universal Studios archives and adapted as a graphic novel, the script for Playback is classic Chandler, exposing the highs and lows of the human heart in the raw light of a hard-boiled crime story.Betty Mayfield is blond and beautiful and has just been found guilty of the murder of her husband. But the judge realizes the jury is terrified of her father-in-law-the man who owns everything in this small North Carolina town-and overturns the verdict. Her father-in-law swears vengeance, and Betty flees. Seeking a new life, she meets Larry Mitchell, a brash but charming gigolo, on the train to Vancouver. He brings her to the Vancouver Royal Hotel, where she stays in a room beneath the penthouse of a rich and charismatic playboy, Clark Brandon, who takes her under his wing. When Mitchell's body turns up on Betty's balcony, jaded inspector Jeff Killaine is assigned to the case, but falls for Betty. Did she do it, or was she framed? If she didn't kill Mitchell, who did?

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Betty is running from her vengeful father-in-law, who thinks she murdered his son. Then in a playback of her husband's death, a scorned suitor's body turns up on her hotel room patio and flushes her ... Read full review

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Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888- March 26, 1959) was an American novelist and screenwriter. Chandler, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and others, is considered to be one of the founders of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction, and his renowned fictional detective, Philip Marlowe, is considered by many to be the archetype for " private detective." Raymond Chandler' s first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939, and three subsequent novels, Farewell My Lovely (1940), The Little Sister (1949) and The Long Goodbye (1953) are considered to be literary masterpieces.

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