Why did I love this book?
There are two authors that all crime writers look up to. The first is Raymond Chandler. If ever there was a master of pure style, it was Chandler. Turn to any page and pick a paragraph, you’re sure to find a description or a turn of phrase that will stop you in your tracks. I’ll be the first to admit that I struggle with the plots of Chandler’s books, but the ins and outs of his stories are beside the point, all the elements of the classic mysteries are there, rich and powerful men with twisted secrets, femme fatales with opaque motives, and world-weary detectives who have seen it all before, or think they have, until their latest case turns their worlds upside down. This is what great crime writing is all about!