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Raymond Chandler 4 Complete Philip Marlowe Novels the Big Sleep/Farewell, My Lovely/the High Window/the Lady in the Lake [Anglais] [Relié]

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Classic Detective Mystery Stories 15 septembre 2011
Par Acute Observer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 all 4 of these stories are excellent 2 avril 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Complicated plots, but excellent writing and stories 1 octobre 2011
Par N. Lane - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not Your Ordinary Private Investigator 23 novembre 2013
Par Mary Woodhouse - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Whodunit with a chuckle 21 juillet 2010
Par Maureen Barnes - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Raymond Chandler wrote from another time and place, but his murder mysteries are still fresh with some great humor. Many of his novels were made into films. A wonderful read that is entertaining and challenging.
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