Raymond Chandler Playback

ISBN 13: 9781590070987

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The final complete novel by Raymond Chandler, featuring his iconic creation Philip Marlowe. Betty Mayfield is blond and beautiful and has just been found guilty of murdering her husband. But when the jundge realizes the jury is terrified of her father-in-law–the man who owns everything in this small North Carolina town–he overturns the verdict. Her father-in-law swears vengeance, and Betty flees. Seeking a new life, she meets Larry Mitchell, a brash but charming gigolo, on the train to Vancouver. He brings her to the Royal Vancouver Hotel, where she checks into a room beneath the penthouse of wealthy playboy Clark Brandon, who takes her under his wing. When Mitchell’s body turns up on Betty’s balcony, jaded inspector Jeff Killaine is assigned to the case, but finds himself falling for Betty. Did she do it, or was she framed? Raymond Thornton Chandler was a British-American novelist and screenwriter. At age forty-four, Raymond Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Depression. In addition to his short stories, Chandler published seven full novels during his lifetime, his first novel being The Big Sleep, and all but Playback have been made into motion pictures. Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature, and is considered by many to be a founder, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and other Black Mask writers, of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. His protagonist, Philip Marlowe, along with Hammett’s Sam Spade, is considered by some to be synonymous with “private detective,” both having been played on screen by Humphrey Bogart, whom many considered to be the quintessential Marlowe. Some of Chandler’s novels are considered important literary works, and three are often considered masterpieces: Farewell, My Lovely, The Little Sister, and The Long Goodbye, the latter being praised within an anthology of American crime stories as “arguably the first book since Hammett’s ‘The Glass Key’ ... to qualify as a serious and significant mainstream novel that just happened to possess elements of mystery”.

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Marlowe is hired by an influential lawyer he's never herd of to tail a gorgeous redhead, but decides he prefers to help out the redhead. She's been acquitted of her alcoholic husband's murder, but her father-in-law prefers not to take the court's word for it.
"Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence: " -- Ross Macdonald

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Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 March 26, 1959) was an American novelist and screenwriter. Chandler, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and others, is considered to be one of the founders of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction, and his renowned fictional detective, Philip Marlowe, is considered by many to be the archetype for private detective. Raymond Chandler s first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939, and his three subsequent novels, Farewell My Lovely (1940), The Little Sister (1949), and The Long Goodbye (1953), are considered to be literary masterpieces.

BBC Radio 4 is a national radio station in the BBC Radio network, which reaches thirty-five million listeners each week.

Toby Stephens theater credits include "Coriolanus", "Hamlet", "Betrayal", "A Doll s House", and "Danton s Death". His TV appearances include "The Camomile Lawn", "Cambridge Spies", "Jane Eyre", and "Vexed". On film he played Gustav Graves in the James Bond movie "Die Another Day", and his other credits include "Twelfth Night", "Onegin", "Photographing Fairies", and "All Things to All Men".

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