The Big Sleep


Raymond Chandler created the fast talking, trouble seeking Californian private eye Philip Marlowe for his first great novel ‘The Big Sleep’ in 1939. Marlowe’s entanglement with the Sternwood family – and an attendant cast of colourful underworld figures – is the background to a story reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the great American Dream. The hard-boiled detective’s iconic image burns just as brightly in ‘Farewell My Lovely’, on the trail of a missing nightclub crooner.

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For wise-cracking Private Eye Philip Marlowe, murder is all in a day’s work…

There are no streets meaner than those of L.A.’s underworld – but luckily one detective has more than his fair share of street smarts. Here, in the first two novels featuring the immortal creation Philip Marlowe, we see the cynical sleuth taking on a nasty case of blackmail involving a Californian millionaire and his two devil-may-care daughters; then dealing with a missing nightclub crooner (plus several gangsters with a habit of shooting first and talking later).