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Raymond Chandler

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...

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The Big Sleep & Farewell, My Lovely
Written by Raymond Chandler
Modern Library | Hardcover | May 1995
$19.95/29.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-60140-1 (0-679-60140-6)

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 first published in 1939.  It centers around a paralyzed California millionaire with two psychopathic daughters; he involves Marlowe in a case of blackmail that... Read more






The Big Sleep
Written by Raymond Chandler
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard | Trade Paperback | July 1988
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-394-75828-2 (0-394-75828-5)

In crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's iconic first novel, a dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets... Read more






The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The High Window
Written by Raymond Chandler, Introduction by Diane Johnson
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 2002
$30.00/34.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-41501-2 (0-375-41501-7)

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

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... Read more






Collected Stories
Written by Raymond Chandler, Introduction by John Bayley
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 2002
$30.00/35.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-41500-5 (0-375-41500-9)

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

The only complete edition of stories by the undisputed master of detective literature, collected here for the first time in one volume, including some stories that have been unavailable for decades.

When Raymond Chandler turned to writing at the age of forty-five, he began by publishing stories in pulp... Read more






Farewell, My Lovely
Written by Raymond Chandler
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard | Trade Paperback | July 1988
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-75827-5 (0-394-75827-7)

In hardboiled crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's Farewell, My Lovely, Philip Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a... Read more






The High Window
Written by Raymond Chandler
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard | Trade Paperback | July 1988
$14.95/16.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-75826-8 (0-394-75826-9)

From noir master Raymond Chandler, in The High Window we find a wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law with a past, and a gold coin worth a small fortune—the elements don't quite add up until Marlowe discovers evidence of murder, rape, blackmail, and the worst kind of... Read more






The Lady in the Lake
Written by Raymond Chandler
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard | Trade Paperback | August 1988
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-75825-1 (0-394-75825-0)

In The Lady in the Lake, hardboiled crime fiction master Raymond Chandler brings us the story of a couple of missing wives—one a rich man's and one a poor man's—who have become the objects of Philip Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo... Read more






The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, Playback
Written by Raymond Chandler, Introduction by Tom Hiney
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 2002
$32.00/37.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-41502-9 (0-375-41502-5)

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

Creator of the famous Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler elevated the American hard-boiled detective genre to an art form. Chandler’s last four novels, published here in one volume, offer ample opportunity to savor the unique and utterly compelling fictional world that made his works modern classics.

The Lady in the... Read more






The Little Sister
Written by Raymond Chandler
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard | Trade Paperback | August 1988
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-75767-4 (0-394-75767-X)

In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister, a movie starlet with a gangster boyfriend and a pair of siblings with a shared secret lure private eye Philip Marlowe into the less than glamorous and more than a little dangerous world of Hollywood fame. Chandler's first foray into the industry that... Read more






The Long Goodbye
Written by Raymond Chandler
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard | Trade Paperback | August 1988
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-394-75768-1 (0-394-75768-8)

In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, Philip Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is... Read more






Playback
Written by Raymond Chandler
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard | Trade Paperback | August 1988
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-75766-7 (0-394-75766-1)

In noir master Raymond Chandler's Playback, Philip Marlowe is hired by an influential lawyer he's never heard of to tail a gorgeous redhead, but then decides he'd rather help out the redhead. She's been acquitted of her alcoholic husband's murder, but her father-in-law prefers not to take the court's word for... Read more






Poodle Springs
Written by Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker
Berkley | Trade Paperback | August 2010
$16.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-425-23934-6 (0-425-23934-9)

When Raymond Chandler died in 1959, he left behind the first four chapters of a new Philip Marlowe thriller. Now three decades later, Robert B. Parker, the bestselling creator of the Spenser detective novels, has completed Poodle Springs in a full-length masterpiece of criminal passion.

"More than just an impressive homage, this...

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Poodle Springs
Written by Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker
Berkley | Paperback | November 1990
$7.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-425-12343-0 (0-425-12343-X)

When Raymond Chandler died in 1959, he left behind the first four chapters of a new Philip Marlowe thriller. Now three decades later, Robert B. Parker, the bestselling creator of the Spenser detective novels, has completed Poodle Springs in a full-length masterpiece of criminal passion.

"More than just an impressive homage, this...

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The Simple Art of Murder
Written by Raymond Chandler
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard | Trade Paperback | September 1988
$15.95/21.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-75765-0 (0-394-75765-3)

In The Simple Art of Murder, which was prefaced by the famous Atlantic Monthly essay of the same name, noir master Raymond Chandler argues the virtues of the hard-boiled detective novel, and this collection, mostly drawn from stories he wrote for the pulps, demonstrates Chandler's imaginative, entertaining facility with the form. Included... Read more






Trouble Is My Business
Written by Raymond Chandler
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard | Trade Paperback | August 1988
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-75764-3 (0-394-75764-5)

This collection by crime fiction master Raymond Chandler features four long stories in which private eye Philip Marlowe is hired to protect a rich old guy from a gold digger, runs afoul of crooked politicos, gets a line on some stolen jewels with a reward attached, and stumbles across a murder... Read more






The World of Raymond Chandler
Written by Raymond Chandler, Edited by Barry Day
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2015
$15.95/20.95(Canada) | 978-0-8041-7048-2 (0-8041-7048-7)

The World of Raymond Chandler shows how Chandler precariously balanced the values of a classical English education against those of a fast-evolving America during the years before the Great War; how he adopted Los Angeles as his home after WWI, with Hollywood in turn adopting him (and adapting his works); how...

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