Author: Raymond Chandler
Series: Philip Marlowe #1
Genre: Classic mystery, noir
Copyright Date: 1939
Cover: Very simple. Dark blue, showing a streetlamp shining out a small pool of light.
First line: "It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid-October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills."
Best part: It lived up to the reviews, and the prose was awesome.
Worst part: He only wrote seven of these books before his death.
Imaginary Theme Song: "One for my Baby, and One for the Road"
Recommended for: Fans of the mystery genre. Fans of the famous movie.
Related Reads: The Thin Man by Dashiel Hammet, Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers, The Genius by Jesse Kellerman.
Phillip Marlowe has a case - a big one - and it just keeps getting bigger. What begins as a simple, though well-paid blackmail investigation will soon involve poison, pornography, dangerous women, and folks who will stop at nothing to get their way.
I started laughing on page one, at "I was neat, clean, shaved, and sober, and I didn't care who knew it." I started being really impressed on page eight, with "The General spoke again, slowly, using his strength as carefully as an out-of-work showgirl uses her last pair of stockings." The prose in this book is amazing and it's easy to understand why it's a classic. Grade of A.