Author: Raymond Chandler
Series: Phillip Marlowe #2
Genre: Classic mystery, noir
Reason for Reading: I have been trying to revisit some authors whose works I have loved, and I'm in a mystery mood.
Finished In: Days
Copyright Date: 1940
Cover: A woman's hand, on a carpet.
First line: "It was one of the mixed blocks over on Central Avenue, the blocks that are not all yet Negro." Which highlights some of the problems in this book. :P
Favorite quote: "Twenty minutes' sleep. Just a nice doze. In that time I had muffed a job and lost eight thousand dollars. Well, why not? In twenty minutes you can sink a battleship, down three or four planes, hold a double execution. You can die, get married, get fired and find a new job, have a tooth pulled, have your tonsils out. In twenty minutes you can even get up in the morning. You can get a glass of water at a night club - maybe." (p 65)
Themes: Racism, private detectives, jewelry, psychics, law enforcement.
Best part: Any writer I know would kill for this gift of prose.
Worst part: The racism and homophobia was a little tough to take.
Imaginary Theme Song: I'll Never Smile Again, 1940's #1 hit. (It kind of boggles my mind that one song could be a number one hit for most of the year in those days!)
Recommended for: Anyone interested in mystery should read this series.
Related Reads: The Big Sleep by the same author, The Thin Man by Dashiel Hammet, Boston Noir edited by Dennis Lehane.