The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler (Philip Marlowe Series)
Being a lover of everything Noir I decided to go back to its roots. I picked ‘The Big Sleep’ by Raymond Chandler which was originally published in 1939. It is the first full novel in the Philip Marlowe series and I had no idea what I was in for. I expected to be bored by outdated language and over-dramatic cheesy dialogue, but I was completely surprised and immediately pull into a dark crime ride. I was so wrong… it was school time for me folks and Raymond Chandler was my Noir Professor. Yeah, there’s some outdated terms like: Police with their nickel cigars, pretty dames and no dough… which made me laugh out loud on occasion, but it only helped to lock in the gritty world of Detective Philip Marlowe. There was a handful of shady characters like: The client, a handicapped Ex-General with two out of control beautiful daughters who both wanted to seduce Marlowe, a blackmailer and assorted hoods and police that helped to stir things up. The amazing plot unfolds with twists, turns and murder from the start to finish. ‘The Big Sleep’ by Raymond Chandler definitely passed my test of time with Five Stars. I absolutely loved it. Check it out.
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