Raymond Chandler Offers Wisdom

Hardboiled detective writers are deep……very deep thinkers.

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  • There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous.
    • “Great Thought” (19 February 1938), published in The Notebooks of Raymond Chandler (1976)

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  • 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 husbands’ necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.
    • “Red Wind” (short story, 1938), published in Trouble Is My Business (1939)

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Love interest nearly always weakens a mystery because it introduces a type of suspense that is antagonistic to the detective’s struggle to solve the problem. It stacks the cards, and in nine cases out of ten, it eliminates at least two useful suspects. The only effective love interest is that which creates a personal hazard for the detective – but which, at the same time, you instinctively feel to be a mere episode. A really good detective never gets married.

  • “Casual Notes on the Mystery Novel” (essay, 1949), first published in Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962)

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Have a hypnotic weekend…..

(thanks to en.wikiquote.org for quotes!)

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” The pool  provided a quick hiding place where he watched as they played croquet drank whiskey sours and told each other those old jokes he disdained. “

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