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    Raymond Chandler(Author) Val McDermid(Introduction)

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The Little Sister is a classic detective novel by the master of hard-boiled crime

Her name is Orfamay Quest and she's come all the way from Manhattan, Kansas, to find her missing brother Orrin. Or leastways that's what she tells PI Philip Marlowe, offering him a measly twenty bucks for the privilege. But Marlowe's feeling charitable - though it's not long before he wishes he wasn't so sweet. You see, Orrin's trail leads Marlowe to luscious movie starlets, uppity gangsters, suspicious cops and corpses with ice picks jammed in their necks. When trouble comes calling, sometimes it's best to pretend to be out . . .


'Anything Chandler writes about grips the mind from the first sentence' Daily Telegraph

'One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards others still try to attain' Sunday Times

'Chandler is an original stylist, creator of a character as immortal as Sherlock Holmes' Anthony Burgess

Best-known as the creator of the original private eye, Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and died in 1959. Many of his books have been adapted for the screen, and he is widely regarded as one of the very greatest writers of detective fiction. His books include The Big Sleep, The Little Sister, Farewell, My Lovely, The Long Goodbye, The Lady in the Lake, Playback, Killer in the Rain, The High Window and Trouble is My Business.

"Raymond Chandler is a master." --"The New York Times""" [Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered. --"The New Yorker " Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious. --Robert B. Parker, "The New York Times Book Review " Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye. --"Los Angeles Times" Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner. . . . An original. . . . A great artist. "The Boston Book Review" Raymond Chandler was one of the finest prose writers of the twentieth century. . . . Age does not wither Chandler s prose. . . . He wrote like an angel. --"Literary Review" [T]he prose rises to heights of unselfconscious eloquence, and we realize with a jolt of excitement that we are in the presence of not a mere action tale teller, but a stylist, a writer with a vision. --Joyce Carol Oates, "The New York Review of Books " Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence. Ross Macdonald"" Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude. --Erle Stanley Gardner"" Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since. --Paul Auster[Chandler] s the perfect novelist for our times. He takes us into a different world, a world that s like ours, but isn t. --Carolyn See""""Raymond Chandler is a master." --The New York Times"[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered." --The New Yorker

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  • By Roysie on 4 December 2015

    Despite it's 1960's theme I adore the the film "Marlowe", which was released in 1969 and starred James Garner and had a great supporting cast that included Gayle Hunnicutt, Bruce Lee, Carol O'Connor, the one and only Rita Moreno, and Jackie Coogan et al. I first saw it on TV in the 1970's shortly after my parents had upgraded from a rental B&W TV set to a rental colour TV set. The film was brill and when I found out it was based on Chandler's book "The Little Sister" I became hooked.In the B&W TV years & then later colour TV years I always watched and thoroughly enjoyed those movies built around Chandler's writing. Bogey & Bacall in "The Big Sleep", Dick Powell in "Farewell My Lovely", Robert Montgomery in "Lady in the Lake" (uniquely filmed in 1st person viewpoint) etc, and thats when I started buying his entire collection of novels and collections of short stories. My collection was complete and over the years I read and re-read all of the books, absorbing all of the stories (even the pre-Marlowe short stories that featured such characters as a hotel detective).Just over 2 years ago myself and my wife moved house and guess what happened. Finally unpacked all packing boxes and I've lost the entire book collection (it may have been accidently left at a charity shop along with other items that weren't required when we moved, or might even have been left in a bin - I'll never know). The task for me now is to rebuild my collection from scratch.My 3rd purchase (1st via amazon) is "The Little Sister". A brilliant novel with a very clever plot and a superb denouement. The way the book ends leaves me wanting more and thats such a good feeling. You almost want to complete the story arc to your own satisfaction but Chandler purposely ends the story in that particular way, and it's so utterly mesmerising. A message to Raymond Chandler from beyond the grave. I salute you and I thank you so very much.

  • By ror124 on 8 August 2017

    While I couldn't keep track of the plot all the way through (but who cares it has a great finale) this book must be one of the greatest pieces of American literature for the style alone. It is dazzling and makes you stop, scratch your head and smile or laugh aloud. He is as tantalising and spellbinding as a polar bear on roller skates.

  • By William Smith on 15 March 2015

    Just brilliant. For obvious reasons, sometimes feels like you're reading a pastiche but the prose is still so much fun.

  • By Pips Hancher on 24 August 2017

    Amazing book, like all of Raymond chandler's books

  • By Joan C on 16 May 2015

    I have only just discovered the brilliant writing of Raymond Chandler. After reading the first book I am completely hooked, he didn't write very many but I have read 5 so far without a break, real page-turners and almost poetical descriptive passages . A great writer.


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