The Big Sleep/Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
Published in 1939 and 1940 respectively, these groundbreaking examples of crime fiction and Noir brought sleaze to the mainstream and introduced one of the great literary detectives, Philip Marlowe, to popular culture. In The Big Sleep, we find hard-boiled Marlowe hired by General Sternwood to thwart a blackmailer. Marlowe's investigation leads to pornography, gambling, misdirection, drugs and murder.
The second Marlowe novel, Farewell, My Lovely, has the shamus trolling through the grotesque and volatile underworld of Los Angeles for the girlfriend of ex-con Moose Malloy. Along the way, Marlowe gets involved in the recovery of a expensive jade necklace. Through the pistol whippings, beatings, murders and lies, Marlowe stomps through the underbelly of L.A. to a twisted climax of deceit and violence.
Both of these novels are considered landmarks in American crime fiction and are staples in hard-boiled detective circles. After reading the novels, why not check out the great film Noir versions of these books! The Big Sleep starred both Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in 1946. Check catalog availability and Farewell, My Lovely was renamed Murder My Sweet and filmed in 1944 starring Dick Powell. Check catalog availability
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Submitted by Dan @ Central