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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 deadly) women. In The High Window Marlowe scours the California underworld on the trail of one gold coin.
“[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
“[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