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The Lady in the Lake (Philip Marlowe, #4) Police business, he said almost gently, is a hell of a problem It s a good deal like politics It asks for the highest type of men, and there s nothing in it to attract the highest type of men So we have to work with what we get and we get things like this A man s wife is missing and Philip Marlowe is hired to find her When his search leads him to the discovery of a different dead The Chandler mechanics is well oiled a rich client calls on Marlowe s services and the detective becomes aware from the start of the investigation that he has set foot in a nest of vipers He s going to have to deal with corrupt policemen and determined gangsters And he s going to get his head full, once again And he s going to get his head full, once again But our private has tough skin and is determined to unravel the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Crystal, the wife of Derace Kin The Chandler mechanics is well oiled a rich client calls on Marlowe s services and the detective becomes aware from the start of the investigation that he has set foot in a nest of vipers He s going to have to deal with corrupt policemen and determined gangsters And he s going to get his head full, once again And he s going to get his head full, once again But our private has tough skin and is determined to unravel the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Crystal, the wife of Derace Kingsley.The survey will be conducted partly in Bay City the villain on the Pacific coast but also in the forest of San Bernardino where Kingsley owns a cottage located by a lake It is in t A rich man hires Phillip Marlowe to find his wife The trail leads to a resort town and another dead woman Where is Crystal Kingsley And who killed Muriel Chess And what did Chris Lavery or Dr Al have to do with it The Lady in the Lake is a tale of lies, double crosses, cheating woman, murder, and a shop soiled Galahad named Phillip Marlowe caugh 5 Stars The very best Marlowe of all Great pacing, wonderful progression of events and clues, just enough snappy dialogue, delicious detective as philosopher quotations, genuine tension and suspense, a sprinkling of red herrings This is the whole enchilada Awesome I brushed my hair and looked at the grey in it There was getting to be plenty of grey in it The face under the hair had a sick look I didn t like the face at all I went back to the desk I sat very still and listened to 5 Stars The very best Marlowe of all Great pacing, wonderful progression of events and clues, just enough snappy dialogue, delicious detective as philosopher quotations, genuine tension and suspense, a sprinkling of red herrings This is the whole enchilada Awesome I brushed my hair and looked at the grey in it There was getting to be plenty of grey in it The face under the hair had a sick look I didn t like the face at all I went back to the desk I sat very still and listened to the evening grow quiet outside the open windows And very slowly I grew quiet with it.I particularly enjoy how the clues fit together slowly, progressively throughout You can see the connections, or think you can winks and by the end, it s Arthur The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering silmite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur THAT is why I am your king Dennis Listen, strange women lyin in ponds distributin swords is no basis for a system of government Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony The fact that I can t resist a Monty Python quote aside, the titu Arthur The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering silmite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur THAT is why I am your king Dennis Listen, strange women lyin in ponds distributin swords is no basis for a system of government Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony The fact that I can t resist a Monty Python quote aside, the titular lady in the lake in Chandler s book is distinctly non Arthurian Rather, she is a lovely, rotting corpse who rises up from the depths to make Philip Marlow s dayinteresting.This is yet another classic noir gumshoe tale that will delight fans of the hard boiled genre This has my favourite ending of any of the Marlow books so far I finished reading this with a big, cheesey grin on my face.To be honest, I hadn t thought I d finish this book today but a two and a half hour traffic jam had other ideas The Lady in the Lake Philip Marlowe, 4 , Raymond Chandler The Lady in the Lake is a 1943 detective novel by Raymond Chandler featuring, as do all his major works, the Los Angeles private investigator Philip Marlowe Notable for its removal of Marlowe from his usual Los Angeles environs for much of the book, the novel s complicated plot initially deals with the case of a missing woman in a small mountain town some 80 miles 130 km from the city The book was written shortly after the attack on The Lady in the Lake Philip Marlowe, 4 , Raymond Chandler The Lady in the Lake is a 1943 detective novel by Raymond Chandler featuring, as do all his major works, the Los Angeles private investigator Philip Marlowe Notable for its removal of Marlowe from his usual Los Angeles environs for much of the book, the novel s complicated plot init A rich man asked Philip Marlowe to find his missing wife who presumably ran away to Mexico to get a divorce, but disappeared since then The search quickly led the private detective to a dead body of another woman with seemingly no connection to the first one, except for them being neighbors The number of dead bodies rapidly increases as Marlowe tries to get to the bottom of a very complicated mystery while dodging cold blooded killers, corrupted cops the level of corruption in Bay City seems A rich man asked Philip Marlowe to find his missing wife who presumably ran away to Mexico to get a divorce, but disappeared since then The search quickly led the private detective to a dead body of another woman with seemingly no connection to the first one, except for them being neighbors The number of dead bodies rapidly increas 193919431946 I have decided to take a break from my usual obsession with history to take a deep plunge into several of the classic noir detective novels by Raymond Chandler, James M Cain and Dashiell Hammett A few of these will be re reads Why noir America is even divided between two fanatical ideologies so I guess the noir genre suits my cynical nature as an outcast, literary hermit who despises the hypocritical dishonesty and corruption of both political franchises as well as the obedient myrmidons i I have decided to take a break from my usual obsession with history to take a deep plunge into several of the classic noir detective novels by Raymond Chandler, James M Cain and Dashiell Hammett A few of these will be re reads Why noir America is even divided between two fanatical ideologies so I guess the noir genre suits my cynical nature as an outcast, literary hermit who despises the hypocritical dishonesty and corruption of both political franchises as well as the obedient myrmidons in the media who de A Couple Of Missing Wives One A Rich Man S And One A Poor Man S Become The Objects Of Marlowe S Investigation One Of Them May Have Gotten A Mexican Divorce And Married A Gigolo And The Other May Be Dead Marlowe S Not Sure He Cares About Either One, But He S Not Paid To Care.


About the Author: Raymond Chandler

Raymond Thornton Chandler was an American novelist and screenwriter.In 1932, at age forty four, Raymond Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Depression His first short story, Blackmailers Don t Shoot , was published in 1933 in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939 In Raymond Thornton Chandler was an American novelist and screenwriter.In 1932, at age forty four, Raymond Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Depression His first short story, Blackmailers Don t Shoot , was published in 1933 in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939 In addition to his short stories, Chandler published just seven full novels during his lifetime though an eighth in progress at his death was completed by Robert B Parker All but Playback have been realized into motion pictures, some several times In the year before he died, he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America He died on March 26, 1959, in La Jolla, California.Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature, and is considered by many to be a founder, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M Cain and other Black Mask writers, of the hard boiled school of detective fiction Chandler s Philip Marlowe, along with Hammett s Sam Spade, are considered by some to be synonymous with private detective, both having been played on screen by Humphrey Bogart, whom many considered to be the quintessential Marlowe.Some of Chandler s novels are considered to be important literary works, and three are often considered to be masterpieces Farewell, My Lovely 1940 , The Little Sister 1949 , and The Long Goodbye 1953 The Long Goodbye is praised within an anthology of American crime stories as arguably the first book since Hammett s The Glass Key, publishedthan twenty years earlier, to qualify as a serious and significant mainstream novel that just happened to possess elements of mystery


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