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Raymond Chandler
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Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 -1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression... Read More

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The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 2, 1995
Price: $19.95

These two classic novels featuring private eye, Philip Marlowe, made Raymond Chandler's name synonymous with America's hard-boiled school of crime fiction. The Big Sleep was an instant success when it was first published in 1939. It centers around a paralyzed California millionaire with two psychopathic daughters; he involves Marlowe in a... Read more >

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The Big Sleep

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1988
Price: $15.00

Chandler's first novel, published in 1939, introduces Philip Marlowe, a 38-year-old P.I. moving through the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s. This classic case includes as characters a paralyzed California millionaire, his two psychotic daughters, plus blackmail, murder, corrupt wealth, secret vices, family scandal, and more.

"Chandler [writes] like... Read more >
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The Big Sleep
A Novel
Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $7.99

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The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The High Window

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Hardcover, 696 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $30.00

The three early novels that established Chandler as a master of the art. The Big Sleep introduced Philip Marlowe—the essence of 1930s L.A. private detective—in a case of blackmail, murder, a paralyzed millionaire, and his two psychotic daughters. Farewell, My Lovely takes Marlowe inside the gambling circuit with three beautiful (and... Read more >

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Collected Stories

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Hardcover, 1336 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $30.00

For the first time in one book—all of Raymond Chandler's short fiction, including stories long out of print. With an introduction by John Bayley.

Twenty-five stories in all, long and short, remind us again why Chandler's characters are among the most alluring and imitated in twentieth-century fiction.


“[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt... Read more >

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Farewell, My Lovely

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1988
Price: $14.95

Marlowe stumbles upon a murder in '30s L.A., taking in the city's gambling circuit and three deadly beauties en route Read more >
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Farewell, My Lovely
A Novel
Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $11.99

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The High Window

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1988
Price: $14.95

Set in the California underworld where Philip Marlowe searches for a priceless gold coin and finds himself deep in the tangled affairs of a dead coin dealer.  Marlowe seeks a priceless gold coin and becomes entangled in the shady dealings of a dead collector. Read more >
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The High Window
A Novel
Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $9.99

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The Lady in the Lake

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1988
Price: $14.95

Philip Marlowe goes out of his usual city habitat into the mountains outside of Los Angeles in his strange search for a missing woman.  Dealing with a betrayed husband and missing wife--and Marlowe, impeded by a few vicious cops, takes on this maze-like trail. Read more >
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The Lady in the Lake
A Novel
Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $9.99

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The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, Playback

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Hardcover, 1016 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 15, 2002
Price: $32.00

Chandler's four later novels. The Lady in the Lake follows Marlowe out of his natural (city-streets) habitat, into the mountains above L.A. and deep into trouble. In The Little Sister, he uncovers a little blackmail, a lot of drugs, and more than enough murder. In The Long Goodbye, a war-scarred drunk... Read more >

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The Little Sister

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1988
Price: $14.95

Chandler's fifth novel has Philip Marlowe going to Hollywood as he explores the underworld of glitter capital, trying to find a sweet young thing's missing brother.  In deep with a rising movie star, her blackmailing brother, agents, prostitutes, and studio heads, Marlowe sardonically takes on the interlocking levels of Hollywood society Read more >
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The Little Sister
A Novel
Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $9.99

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The Long Goodbye

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1988
Price: $14.95

Philip Marlowe is constantly on the move with a case involving a war scarred drunk and his nymphomaniac wife. Why did Terry Lennox--drunken war hero, victim of Nazism, apparent wife killer--commit suicide? The Long Goodbye is Chandler's most ambitious blend of genre sleuthing and serious fiction Read more >
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The Long Goodbye
A Novel
Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $11.99

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Playback

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1988
Price: $14.00

Philip Marlowe meets a well-endowed redhead who drags him to the California coast to solve a tale of big money and murder. Read more >
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Playback
A Novel
Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $9.99

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The Simple Art of Murder

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $11.99

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The Simple Art of Murder

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1988
Price: $14.95

The Simple Art of Murder contains Chandler's essay on the art of detective stories and a collection of eight classic Chandler  mysteries.  This is the best of Chandler's pulp stories--plus his notorious attack on Britain's "Golden Age"                       eminences. Read more >
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Trouble Is My Business

Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 12, 1988
Price: $14.95

This is a collection of four classic Marlowe mysteries: Trouble Is My Business, Finger Man, Goldfish, and Red Wind. Read more >
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Trouble Is My Business
A Novel
Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 11, 2002
Price: $9.99

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The World of Raymond Chandler
In His Own Words
Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $13.99

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The World of Raymond Chandler
In His Own Words
Written by Raymond Chandler


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $27.95

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