VIOLENCE AND MURDER can be found almost any place. If you like proof – just follow the tough babies who stagger, bruise and bully their unlovely ways through these blistering pages. You’ll find:
SLAUGHTER – A shabby apartment with a pull-down bed. Under the bed a dame with a broken neck. Outside her door a guy pumping lead into a big thug’s belly.
BRUTALITY – Henry plodded into the hotel room and Gage hit him with everything he had. The punch would have stopped a bull. But Henry was bigger than a bull. He blinked then muttered, “So you want to play for keeps.”
HOMICIDE – Johnny Ralls had a long standing engagement with a redhead. Johnny never kept his date. When he walked out toward Wilshire the “trouble boys” were waiting… with an invitation to the morgue.
Here in one volume are four complete novelettes, plus that very famous essay – The Simple Art Of Murder – by the all-time master of the tough crime story, Raymond Chandler.
Some stories in this volume are the result of Chandler’s “cannibalizing” earlier stories, changing the names of the antagonists to “Philip Marlowe” following the surge in popularity of his most well-known creation. Cover by .
- Raymond Chandler on How to Write Detective Stories (themillions.com)
- Hardboiled Detective Fiction and Haruki Murakami (silverbirchpress.wordpress.com)
- More Grappling With Raymond Chandler (theatlantic.com)
- Chandler’s Poetry (themillions.com)
- Farewell, My Lovely (guardian.co.uk)
- Rebecca’s #CBR4 Review #52: The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler (cannonballread4.wordpress.com)
- A Gumshoe’s Library (futilitycloset.com)
- 1001 Books/The Classics Club – The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (swampofboredom.com)