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ISBN 10: 0345023978 / ISBN 13: 9780345023971
Published by Ballantine, NY, 1971
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover

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NEAR FINE condition in NEAR FINE original wraps. SOFTCOVER. Mass Market Paperback. FIRST PRINTING, October 1971 from the series featuring cover art by famed artist TOM ADAMS. Square and tight in original classy pictorial paper wraps. Light toning to page edges, deep crease to front hinge and to spine. Private Detective Philip Marlowe. Bookseller Inventory # 001241

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Publisher: Ballantine, NY

Publication Date: 1971

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Original Wraps

Edition: First Printing.

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Toby Stephens stars in this BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatization of Raymond Chandler's fifth Philip Marlowe mystery

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. In Little Sister, Orfamay Quest - small, neat, and prissy looking - has come all the way from Manhattan, Kansas, to find her missing brother, Orrin. Or leastways that's what she tells Philip Marlowe, offering him a measly twenty bucks for the privilege. Marlowe's feeling charitable and that's mistake number one. Orrin's trail leads to luscious movie starlets, uppity gangsters, suspicious cops, and corpses with ice picks jammed in their necks. When trouble comes calling, sometimes its best to pretend to be out. - - This evocative adaptation retains all the darkness and high drama of Chandlers intense, enthralling noir novel.


Remember those great film adaptations of Raymond Chandler's work? Who could forget Humphrey Bogart as Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep or Dick Powell playing the same character in Farewell, My Lovely? In Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe: The Little Sister, illustrator Michael Lark has given us a brand-new incarnation of Chandler's famous fictional detective, a "comic book" version of Chandler's 1949 mystery. When Orfamay Quest hires Marlowe to find her missing brother, the case at first seems pretty straightforward, but--beset by mobsters, blackmailers, and murder--Marlowe soon discovers that a missing person is the least of his troubles.

The Little Sister was not one of Raymond Chandler's best efforts, but Michael Lark has effectively tailored the text to clarify the original story, emphasizing through his "comic noir" artwork the dark, dangerous environs, both physical and psychological, in which Philip Marlowe still moves.

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