The big sleep

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Penguin, 1992 - Fiction - 244 pages
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Incredible writing and imagery. - Goodreads
B-movie plot buttressed by A-list writing. - Goodreads
Awesome narrative voice. - Goodreads
Chandler is actually a very good prose stylist. - Goodreads
Confusing plot, but can't beat the ambiance. - Goodreads
These crime noir novels are so easy to read. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Brendan Detzner - Goodreads

There are, to oversimplify, two schools of noir. The realistic, hard-boiled school exemplified by Dashell Hammett, and the dreamier, more atmospheric school basically invented by this guy. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amanda - Goodreads

Interesting, I just listened to a podcast where they discussed whether they liked reading books/stories with all unlikeable characters and some of them did. I'm with you on this one, though! Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Born in Chicago but raised in England, where he studied the classics, Raymond Chandler had early jobs as a reporter for English newspapers. He also worked as an accountant, bookkeeper, and auditor. But his first love was writing, and from 1933 to his death, Chandler was a professional writer. In addition to novels and short stories, Chandler wrote screenplays. He won two academy awards, for Double Indemnity (1944) and The Blue Dahlia (1946). Urban America's darker side fascinated Chandler as a place where the promise of America has gone wrong, corrupted by greed, money, and power. Into this setting Chandler places detective Philip Marlowe, a disillusioned idealist made cynical by what he sees on the streets of Los Angeles. Chandler is said to demonstrate the imaginative possibilities of the detective story as he transforms the genre from formulaic puzzlement to cultural inquiry.