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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, his nymphomaniac wife, and Marlowe—on the run from a psychotic gangster and angry cops. In Playback, a well-endowed red-head, murder and, of course, Marlowe.
“[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