Why this book?
Raymond Chandler remains the King of Noir, the god of mystery writers everywhere. He's dated, you couldn't have a fast-talking, ironic P.I. like Philip Marlowe today. But he was a fabulous stylist, his books are great fun, and his descriptions of Southern California in the 1930s, with all its sunshine and sin, remain the gold standard for all of us crime writers who follow. I grew up in L.A. in a Show Business family so the setting has particular meaning for me: the American Dream gone wrong.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Raymond Chandler's first three novels, published here in one volume, established his reputation as an unsurpassed master of hard-boiled detective fiction.
The Big Sleep, Chandler's first novel, introduces Philip Marlowe, a private detective inhabiting the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s, as he takes on a case involving a paralysed California millionaire, two psychotic daughters, blackmail and murder.
In Farewell, My Lovely, Marlowe deals with the gambling circuit, a murder he stumbles upon, and three very beautiful but potentially deadly women.
In The High Window, Marlowe searches the California underworld for a priceless gold coin and finds himself…