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Pub. Date: 1939
Publisher: Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. Originally published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1939
Type: Fiction ~ Library Book
Rating: Liked it ♥♡
This is considered the start of the modern detective story. I also heard that about The Murders in the Rue Morgue, but no matter. This is a very enjoyable read. At 185 pages I finished it in a day. There are a ton of characters, and one murder that, according to rumor, Chandler forgot about when he was writing the book so it is unsolved. The book starts with Philip Marlowe being hired to deal with a blackmailer, who ends up getting murdered. A lot of people get murdered and Marlowe is in the thick of it.
Chandlers descriptions are vivid and sharp, his protagonist is a no nonsense guy with apparently no sentimentality. Some have described this book as confusing and convoluted, I thought it was busy and filled with characters but thought the story line flowed, I didn’t have much trouble following it. I recommend this book.