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Publisher Description

The Big Sleep is Raymond Chandler's most famous and popular novel of all

Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse . . .

'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 Good-bye, The Lady in the Lake, Playback, Killer in the Rain, The High Window and Trouble is My Business.

Fiction & Literature
July 7
Penguin Books Ltd

Customer Reviews

TheMasterBookworm ,

The big daddy of all detective novels

Still the best. I love it's weird gritty poetry.

Trout_mask_replica ,

Wonderful book, a very good introduction to Chandler

I read this a while back on paper but thought I ought to review it on iBook to tell people just how good it is. A proper hardboiled detective like none ive read before or since. The characters were wonderful and extremely well written and considering the short length of the book everything was described in good detail.

I'm going to get to grips with more of chandlers work soon and I hope to enjoy it as much as I loved this one.

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