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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... Read More

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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 | Trade Paperback | July 1988
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-394-75828-2 (0-394-75828-5)

When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.

"Chandler [writes] like a slumming angel and invest[s] the... Read more






The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The High Window
Written by Raymond Chandler
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
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 | Trade Paperback | July 1988
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-75827-5 (0-394-75827-7)

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 fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average... Read more






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

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 human exploitation.

"Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude."-- Erle... Read more






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

A couple of missing wives—one a rich man's and one a poor man's—become the objects of Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care... Read more






The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, The Long Goodbye, Playback
Written by Raymond Chandler
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 | Trade Paperback | August 1988
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-75767-4 (0-394-75767-X)

A movie starlet with a gangster boyfriend and a pair of siblings with a shared secret lure Marlowe into the less than glamorous and more than a little dangerous world of Hollywood fame. Chandler's first foray into the industry that dominates the company town that is Los Angeles. Read more






The Long Goodbye
Written by Raymond Chandler
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 1988
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-75768-1 (0-394-75768-8)

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, who he's divorced and re-married and who ends up dead. and now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy... Read more






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

Marlowe is hired by an influential lawyer he's never herd of to tail a gorgeous redhead, but decides he prefers to 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 it.

"Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and... Read more






The Simple Art of Murder
Written by Raymond Chandler
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 1988
$14.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-75765-0 (0-394-75765-3)

Prefaced by the famous Atlantic Monthly essay of the same name, in which he argues the virtues of the hard-boiled detective novel, this collection mostly drawn from stories he wrote for the pulps demonstrates Chandler's imaginative, entertaining facility with the form. Read more






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

In the four long stories in this collection, 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 victim who may have been an extortionist. Read more






The World of Raymond Chandler
Written by Raymond Chandler
Knopf | Hardcover | December 2, 2014
$27.95/33.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-35236-9 (0-385-35236-0)

The first book to give us the life and times of Raymond Chandler through his own writing-from the acclaimed editor of The Letters of Noël Coward.

Chandler never wrote an autobiography or a memoir. Now Barry Day, making use of Chandler's novels, short stories, and letters as well as Day's always illuminating commentary...

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