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Four Complete Philip Marlowe Novels: The Big Sleep / Farewell, My Lovely / The High Window / The Lady in the Lake (Anglais)

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4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Complicated plots, but excellent writing and stories 1 octobre 2011
Par Nova - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I really have enjoyed this book. The plots are really complicated sometimes. When I started the first story, about half way through (The Big Sleep) I couldn't figure out what was the 'McGuffet" as Alfred Hitchcock called it, the object of the search or mystery. What was Phillip Marlowe trying to accomplish? No matter, it's an interesting story in itself, a commentary on the characters (in both of the senses of the word!). By the second story, Farewell My Lovely, the objective was a bit clearer, at least narrowed down to a single theme throughout the story. By the the third story, The High Window, Chandler was following a more predictable format.

One thing I enjoyed about the first story, is that seems a more realistic commentary on the life of anyone, in this case, a private detective and his eccentric clients. Seldom does life follow a set path or formula, and this is portrayed really well in The Big Sleep. Alot of information sought, but no real value; developing a lead toward a goal and then it fizzles out. I think the first story is truer to life, and entertaining. The rest of the stories are more predictable, still with the sharp wit and clever observations of Raymond Chandler through the eyes of his character, Phillip Marlowe.

There is not alot of cursing and swearing going on in any story. It is dealt with in an interesting manner. For the few instances of cursing, or characters that have foulish language, instead of writing the swear word that you know the character said (like the fword), Chandler uses synonyms for it.

Highly recommended for entertaining reading.
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Classic Detective Mystery Stories 15 septembre 2011
Par Acute Observer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Raymond Chandler Four Complete Novels

Raymond Chandler first wrote short stories for the monthly magazines that featured Detective Stories. Some of his short stories were later expanded to create his novels. They feature his private detective "Philip Marlowe".

"The Big Sleep"
Philip Marlowe is called to wealthy General Sternwood's estate to investigate the gambling debts of his youngest daughter. The husband of his older daughter had suddenly disappeared. Is there a connection? The story turns up blackmail, nude photos, drugs, and murder in this wealthy family. [If you read about the unsolved murder of William Desmond Taylor you can see how this true crime inspired parts of this story.]

"Farewell, My Lovely"
Philip Marlowe is looking for a missing husband on Central Avenue. He sees a big man go into "Florian's" place to look for his old girl friend Velma. There is a fight and a dead body. The police ask Marlowe to look into this case - as a favor. The investigation results in more dead bodies until that old girl friend is discovered. [The marriage of a rich man to a show girl happens today.]

"The High Window"
Philip Marlowe is called by a rich widow to recover property stolen by a member of her family. Her son married a nightclub singer against her wishes. The Brasher Doubloon is a very rare gold coin about the size of a half-dollar. Marlowe must find the missing daughter-in-law and also get the rare coin back. The police can't be involved because it's a family matter. [It was illegal to own gold coins then.]

"The Lady in the Lake"
Philip Marlowe is asked to locate a missing wife. His search takes him to a vacation home by a lake in the mountains. The caretaker's wife has gone missing the same day. A body is found in the lake! Later Marlowe finds the wife's old boyfriend is also found dead. Was there some scandal that involved a doctor's nurse? The lack of survivors means no story for the newspapers. [Note the use of mistaken identification.]
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all 4 of these stories are excellent 2 avril 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I have always been a fan of all hard-boiled detective novels, but these 4 by Raymond Chandler are some of the best I have ever read. Phillip Marlowe never does the same thing twice and is always interesting to read about. My favorite part of these books is the witty dialouge. Chandler's quotes are fantastic and laugh out loud funny. Although the plots sometimes get a bit off topic(for example, in Farewell My Lovely, Marlowe starts out looking for a dame named Velma and that seems to be the main plot, but then she isn't mentioned again for over 20 chapters), they are great books that everyone should read.
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Not Your Ordinary Private Investigator 23 novembre 2013
Par Mary Woodhouse - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Raymond Chandler is a wonderful story teller creating unique characters and describing the Los Angeles, CA setting (in the 40's or so) in vivid detail. Philip Marlowe perseveres against difficult odds at times, all the while keeping his dry sense of humor intact. It is hard for me to pick a favorite out of these four books, but once you read The Big Sleep I think you'll be hooked.
The master is at work in these fine stories. 21 avril 2015
Par Russell Fanelli - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
For any fan of Raymond Chandler, and what lover of detective stories is not, this compilation of Philip Marlowe mysteries is almost sure to please. No one, I think, expects a Marlowe mystery to make perfect sense; when our imagination is tested from time to time, we only smile and say, "Well, that's Raymond Chandler for you."

But does anyone set a scene better? Chandler offers would be writers of detective stories a clinic in each of his books. I shake my head in amazement at his ability to put us on the ground with Marlowe as he follows up various leads in the story. Chandler knows Los Angeles county and SoCal like the back of his hand and for those of us who have lived for a time in SoCal, it is good fun to follow our favorite detective around, perhaps stop in at Ralph's or Gelson's, or smell the salt sea air at Laguna Beach or Newport Beach.

And what about dialogue? Does anyone write snappier dialogue than Raymond Chandler? Often Marlowe is laugh out loud funny, which can be embarrassing if you are reading one of his novels on an airplane. Marlowe never seems much worried about his health and well-being when he is a tight spot with the police or the desperadoes. He will make a fool out of the gangster or the rogue cop any time and any place.

All four of the stories in this compendium are vintage Chandler. The Big Sleep is perhaps the most famous. Who can forget Bogie and Bacall? Bogie was the perfect Marlowe, but what wasn't Bogie great at in the movies? Farewell my Lovely reminded me a bit of The Maltese Falcon. Marlowe, like Bogie in Falcon, is prone to enjoy the company of a pretty face, but not to the point where he won't "send her over" if she crosses the line. No spoilers here, but the title says it all - no happy endings. The High Window is perhaps not as well-known as the three other stories, but it should be, for it is vintage Chandler. This is a complicated mystery. We need to be paying close attention to catch all the clues that finally take us to an ending we don't expect, but that ending is right on the money nonetheless. Lastly, of course, is the famous Lady in the Lake. At first we are not sure about the appropriateness of this title, but as the mystery unfolds we find out that our lady in the lake plays an important role in helping Marlowe solve his mystery.

I paid $11.53 for my copy of this book and you readers of this review may certainly buy it for less. What a bargain! The best for less! Take some time away from Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, Harlen Coben, etc., and go back to the master for a real treat. Certainly all of the authors just mentioned have learned much from maestro Raymond Chandler, and we like to hope they keep on learning. Highly recommended for all you lovers of the hard-boiled detective story.
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