Books by Raymond Chandler

COLLECTED STORIES by Raymond Chandler
Released: Oct. 13, 2002

"But having all 25 of the world's greatest pulp writer's checkered, indispensable stories available in a single volume is a pleasure long overdue."
This definitive omnibus of Chandler's short fiction, prefaced by John Bayley's suavely general, very English introduction, makes previous collections look downright niggardly. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE SISTER by Raymond Chandler
Released: May 1, 1997

"Worth having as an adjunct to the novel, though the main effect of Lark's adaptation is to provide 144 pages of talking heads."
Anyone who's found Chandler's peerless Philip Marlowe novels tangled (and who hasn't?) may have wondered if reimagining them as comic books—sorry, graphic novels—would make their dizzying plotlines any clearer. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 12, 1988

"A serious disappointment, but it'll probably turn up in most Chandler fans' Christmas stockings anyway."
Preiss invited 23 authors to write a short story featuring private eye Philip Marlowe and, unfortunately, all of them agreed: despite their personal afterwards citing Chandler's humor, grace, style, their indebtness to him for their careers, etc., only three writers manage to honor Chandler; the rest merely pander or parody. Read full book review >
Released: April 26, 1976

The celebrated Alan Ladd vehicle, turned out with alcoholic dispatch by a frazzled Chandler against an impossible deadline under conditions explained in John Houseman's introductory memoir. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1971

Joan Kahn ably presents this new collection which includes Chandler's introduction to his Simple Art of Murder, four long short stories — "Red Wind," "Trouble is My Business," "Blackmailers Don't Shoot," and "The Pencil," and two novels — The Little Sister and The Long Goodbye which did not appear in the 1964 Knopf Omnibus. Read full book review >
KILLER IN THE RAIN by Raymond Chandler
Released: June 15, 1964

"The stories first appeared in pulp magazines back in the '30's and they combine that rough rasp of authenticity with a high literary finish which has secured Chandler's position, along with Hammett's, in the line-up of immortals."
A posthumous collection of eight stories by a master of hard-boiled evocation shows the sources not only of Philip Marlowe, the shamus, but also of several of the Marlowe novels. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1964

Chandler, who with Hammett, not only shaped and sharpened the modern mystery form, but left his own unmistakable insignia- a rasping authenticity- on each book, will be introduced to some readers for the first time, while older devotees will welcome this omnium gatherum of four of his finest: The Big Sleep (1939); Farewell, My Lovely (1940) The High Window (1942) and The Lady in the Lake (1943). Read full book review >
PLAYBACK by Raymond Chandler
Released: Oct. 16, 1958

"If a shade more subdued, it's still no-doze for nobody."
Philip Marlowe again- the archetypal eye- has nothing to go on but a girl to follow- Betty Mayfield, whose quick changes of names and hotels still do not keep her out of reach of a blackmailer, a later murder victim. Read full book review >
THE LONG GOODBYE by Raymond Chandler
Released: March 18, 1954

"Chandler, a literary roughneck, is probably the most polished exponent of this form of highbrow- lowbrow entertainment and has few equals if many imitators."
Philip Marlowe's Ave atque Vale runs to about 500 pages, through the sanguine incidents which attend his casual involvement with Terry Lennox, a rich woman's kept poodle whom he picks up in a bar. Read full book review >
THE SIMPLE ART OF MURDER by Raymond Chandler
Released: Sept. 19, 1950

"In this medium and this style which derivates from Dashiell Hammett, these stories have an economy which is highly explicit and effective."
..... and its expert transcription in a series of short stories and short novels which (with the exception of one lighter piece and a closing discussion of detective fiction, his and others') have the cold precision of a police blotter and a high charge of violence. Read full book review >
THE LADY IN THE LAKE by Raymond Chandler
Released: Nov. 1, 1943

Philip Marlowe, California private eye, in another bruiser of a tale when he is hired to find a missing wife, turns up a corpse in a lake, and comes up against a doctor who medicates with narcotics, a tomcat, and ladies with miscellaneous entanglements. Read full book review >
THE HIGH WINDOW by Raymond Chandler
Released: Aug. 17, 1942

"Hammett derivative, tough, tense, and fine fare."
Tight, bright tale which brings back Philip Marlowe, private detective, who is hired to find a missing coin. Read full book review >
FAREWELL, MY LOVELY by Raymond Chandler
Released: Oct. 7, 1940

Young tornado of a tale in which Philip Marlowe, private detective, witnesses the killing of a bartender, in a Negro joint, and then of a client, who seems to be fingerman for a gang of jip artists and dope peddlers. Read full book review >
THE BIG SLEEP by Raymond Chandler
Released: Feb. 5, 1938

"Not for conservatives."
A good one in the tough school, in which private detective Marlowe is hired to investigate a blackmailing and finds himself bucking a well-run gang, several murders, and the D A's office. Read full book review >