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U.S. mystery writer. Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago, Illinois, but spent most of his youth in England. He worked as a freelance journalist for the Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, he served in France with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the R.A.F.

At the age of forty-five, Chandler turned to a writing career, publishing his first story, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot" in the pulp fiction magazine Black Mask.

His most popular hero was Philip Marlowe, the good guy detective in stories full of mean and corrupt villains, back-stabbing friends and dangerous women. Marlowe was introduced in Chandler's first novel, The Big Sleep, which later appeared on the big screen.

Chandler's style was more thoughtful than the more prolific pulp writers, as he never sold more than five stories a year, and published only seven novels in his lifetime. Chandler also had a successful screenwriting career. He was nominated for two Academy awards for Double Indemnity (1944) and The Blue Dahlia (1946).

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The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler's first novel, published in 1939, introduces us to Philip Marlowe, a thirty-eight-old private detective moving through the seamy side of Los Angeles in the 1930s. The case involves a paralyzed California millionaire, two psychotic daughters, blackmail, and murder.

Year: 1939     Genre: ExtortionHardboiled DetectiveMysteryPrivate Eye

Trouble Is My Business

TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS is a collection of four stories, all of them classic Philip Marlowe Mysteries.

Year: 1939     Genre: Hardboiled DetectivePrivate Eye

Farewell, My Lovely

Raymond Chandler's classic novel has Philip Marlowe dealing with the Los Angeles gambling circuit, a murder he stumbles upon, and three very beautiful but potentially deadly women.

Year: 1940     Genre: Private Eye

Jul 23, 1888 -- Mar 26, 1959
Author, Screenwriter

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Got ItWant ItRead ItYearTitle

-- -- --1939The Big Sleep Philip Marlowe
-- -- --1939Trouble Is My Business  Philip Marlowe, Short Stories
-- -- --1940Farewell, My Lovely Philip Marlowe
-- -- --1942The High Window Philip Marlowe
-- -- --1943The Lady in the Lake Philip Marlowe
-- -- --1953The Long Goodbye Philip Marlowe
-- -- --1962Raymond Chandler Speaking Non-Fiction