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The Big Sleep (Special Edition)
By (author): Raymond Chandler
Raymond Chandler

Imprint:

Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

ISBN:

9780593311899

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General / adult
Aug 09, 2022
$22.00 CAD
Forthcoming

Dimensions:

8in x 5.19 in | 0.58 lb

Page Count:

240 pages
Knopf
Vintage Crime/Black Lizard
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled
The iconic first novel from crime fiction master Raymond Chandler, featuring Philip Marlowe, the “quintessential urban private eye” (Los Angeles Times). Featuring an introduction by James Ellroy.

A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and 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.

Series Overview: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Anniversary Editions are a special collection of classic and modern classic noir titles. Featuring introductions by James Ellroy.

SPECIAL EDITIONS: June 2020 marked thirty years since the Vintage Crime and Black Lizard imprints combined to form a powerhouse publishing program. Eight classics have been chosen to receive special edition covers to celebrate this Vintage Crime/Black Lizard anniversary.

ELLROY INTRODUCTIONS: James Ellroy—the Demon Dog of American Literature—has agreed to write introductions for each of these books.

A THRILLING GENRE: Crime fiction has never been more popular, and these classic works of the genre are must-reads for all enthusiasts. 

Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler’s detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler’s novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died in La Jolla, California on March 26, 1959.

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Praise for Raymond Chandler

• “Raymond Chandler is a master.” —The New York Times

• “[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered.” —The New Yorker

• “Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious.” —Robert B. Parker, The New York Times Book Review

• “Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner…. An original…. A great artist.” —Boston Review

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