When a case of blackmail involving a California millionaire leads to murder, the inimitable Philip Marlowe is stirred into action, in a facsimile first edition of the classic mystery.
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"His thin, claw-like hands were folded loosely on the rug, purple-nailed. A few locks of dry white hair clung to his scalp, like wild flowers fighting for life on a bare rock." Published in 1939, when Raymond Chandler was 50, this is the first of the Philip Marlowe novels. Its bursts of sex, violence, and explosively direct prose changed detective fiction forever. "She was trouble. She was tall and rangy and strong-looking. Her hair was black and wiry and parted in the middle. She had a good mouth and a good chin. There was a sulky droop to her lips and the lower lip was full."From the Inside Flap:
When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.
"Chandler [writes] like a slumming angel and invest[s] the sun-blinded streets of Los Angelos with a romantic presence."
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Book Description Ballantine Books, 1975. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Sixth. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0345245652
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1975. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0345245652
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1975. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110345245652