The Little Sister (Phillip Marlowe)
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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- Raymond Chandler(Author) Val McDermid(Introduction)
- Penguin (28 Oct. 2010)
- Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
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