Raymond Chandler’s “Philip Marlowe” The Ultimate Private Dick

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The most vivid memory I have  of Raymond Chandler’s Detective “Philip Marlowe” was Humphrey Bogart’s portrayal in the movie  “The Big Sleep” from  the novel of the same name.  He was cool, calm, nervous and always a little distant from what was happening around him.  Yet Mr. Chandler always mixed the mood with a wry senese of humour.

The Big Sleep  
First edition cover
First edition cover
Author Raymond Chandler
Country United States
Language English
Series Philip Marlowe
Genre(s) Detective, Crime novel
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date 1939
Media type print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 277 pp
ISBN 978-0-14-010892-7
Followed by Farewell, My Lovely



Below is an excerpt from another Marlowe novel ” Red Wind”

The first paragraph says it all,  mood and characer -wise,


“There was a desert wind blowing that night.  It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch.  On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight.   Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husband’s necks.  Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.”


Raymond Chandler


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The Big Sleep (1939) is a crime novel by Raymond Chandler, the first in his acclaimed series about hardboiled detective Philip Marlowe. The work has been adapted twice into film, once in 1946 and again in 1978.

The story is noted for its complexity and is heavily influenced by classic Greek tragedy, with many characters double crossing each other and many secrets being exposed throughout the narrative. The title is a euphemism for death; it refers to a rumination in the book about “sleeping the big sleep”, and is not descriptive of the plot.


 Bye, “The melting sun  dried her eyes red as she walked over the pool of blood forming around his torso.”

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