Mass Market Paperback. First Thus. Paperback. ISBN:394721365. FIRST Vintage Books Edition, Sept. 1976 (stated), Vintage PB No. V-136; $1.95 cover price; 216 pp. VG+ condition. Light crease on back cover, top-right; light edge wear and light scuffing to covers; slight curl to front cover; light browning to backs of covers; very tightly bound with clean, tanned pages throughout; appears to be unread. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatization of Raymond Chandler's first Philip Marlowe mystery. This landmark dramatization retains all the suspense and excitement of Chandlers complex and compelling novel.
Fast talking, trouble seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the 40s and 50s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain his integrity amid the corruption he encounters daily. The Big Sleep finds the world-weary, wisecracking investigator consulted by a wealthy family man with two big problems: his children. Carmen Sternwood has gotten herself mixed up with a blackmailer, while Vivian has managed to mislay her husband, ex-bootlegger Rusty Regan. Old, ailing General Sternwood hires Marlowe to take care of things but it's not too long before the bodies start piling up, and Marlowe finds himself knee-deep in trouble.
Review: "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."
Title: The Big Sleep
Publisher: New York: Vintage Books, 1976
Publication Date: 1976
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Book Condition: VG+
Edition: First Thus
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