Raymond Chandler

The Long Good-bye
  • The Long Good-bye

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    'A city no worse than others, a city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness. It all depends on where you sit and what your own private score is. I didn't have one. I didn't care'


    Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: private investigator Philip Marlowe. He is willing to help a man down on his luck, but later Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe is drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover. Marlowe is sure Lennox didn't kill his wife, but how many more stiffs will turn up before he gets to the truth?

    The Long Good-Bye is Raymond Chandler's sixth novel featuring laconic PI Philip Marlowe.

    'Chandler gave birth to a different kind of detective' The Times

    'Chandler 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

    © Raymond Chandler 1988 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Raymond Thornton Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888, but moved to England with his family when he was twelve, where he attended Dulwich College, alma mater to some of the twentieth century's most renowned writers. Returning to America in 1912, he settled in California, worked in a number of jobs, and later married. It was during the Depression era that he seriously turned his hand to writing, and his first published story appeared in the pulp magazine Black Mask in 1933, followed six years later, when he was fifty, by his first novel, The Big Sleep. Chandler died in 1959, having established himself as the finest crime writer in America.

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