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A city no worse than others, a city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness. It all depends on where you sit and what your own private score is. I didn't have one. I didn't care.

Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: private investigator Philip Marlowe. He is willing to help a man down on his luck, but later Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe is drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover. Marlowe is sure Lennox didn't kill his wife, but how many more stiffs will turn up before he gets to the truth?

©1988 Raymond Chandler (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

"Chandler gave birth to a different kind of detective." (The Times)

"Chandler 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)

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Good Story, but a bit too long

Overall I suppose the story was entertaining, but for me it lacked something. Maybe it was too drawn out. Or maybe there wasn’t the murder mystery one might have expected after a novel like The Big Sleep. Or maybe the plot is just showing it’s age, and was a little obvious in parts. Whatever it was, for me, the story wasn’t as good as some of Chandlers’ earlier novels.

Having said all that it’s still a great book, and worth getting especially if the genre is to you taste.

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Good performance - lose the music

I’ve been reading, watching and listening to Raymond Chandler’s writing for fifty years - and his style never gets old. This is a good performance - with one minor grouse. They have, for some reason, decided to end each chapter with some schmaltzy muted-trumpet music. It doesn’t need it. I found it irritating.
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Superb

at last an unabridged (as far as I could tell) narration of a brilliant novel

the music between chapters was a little cheesy but that is being picky

I rationed the chapters to make it last longer