Philip Marlowe, the original hard-boiled private eye, returns to walk the mean streets of the American underworld again in these classic novels.
Praise for Raymond Chandler
"Raymond Chandler is a master." --"The New York Times" "[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered." --"The New Yorker ""Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious." --Robert B. Parker, "The New York Times Book Review ""Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye." --"Los Angeles Times
"Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner. . . . An original. . . . A great artist." --"The Boston Book Review "Raymond Chandler was one of the finest prose writers of the twentieth century. . . . Age does not wither Chandler's prose. . . . He wrote like an angel." --"Literary Review
"[T]he prose rises to heights of unselfconscious eloquence, and we realize with a jolt of excitement that we are in the presence of not a mere action tale teller, but a stylist, a writer with a vision." --Joyce Carol Oates, "The New York Review of Books
""Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence." --Ross Macdonald ""Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude." --Erle Stanley Gardner
Raymond Chandler grew up in Chicago and Dulwich. After moving back to the US in 1912 and fighting in the Canadian Army during World War, he settled in California and became a highly successful oil executive. His first novel, THE BIG SLEEP, was published when he was 51. He followed this with FAREWELL MY LOVELY (1940), THE HIGH WINDOW (1942) THE LADY IN THE LAKE (1943), THE LITTLE SISTER (1949) and THE LONG GOODBYE (1954) all of which featured the detective Philip Marlowe.