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Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your Attention

There are countless Raymond Chandler courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. The Big Sleep (A Philip Marlowe Novel) (1988)

Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your AttentionA 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. #6,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #123 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Books) #54 in Hard-Boiled Mystery #145 in Historical Mystery Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Raymond Chandler

2. The Long Goodbye (1988)

Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your Attention In noir master Raymond Chandler’s The Long Goodbye, Philip Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe. #18,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #303 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Books) #4495 in American Literature (Books) #152 in Hard-Boiled Mystery Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Raymond Chandler

3. The High Window (1988)

Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your Attention A wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law with a past, and a gold coin worth a small fortune—the elements don’t quite add up until Marlowe discovers evidence of murder, rape, blackmail, and the worst kind of human exploitation. “Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude.”  Erle Stanley Gardner “Raymond Chandler has given us a detective who is hard-boiled enough to be convincing . . . and that is no mean achievement.” –The New York Times #136,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1664 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Books) #23797 in American Literature…
Author(s): Raymond Chandler

4. Farewell, My Lovely (1988)

Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your Attention Philip Marlowe’s about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard. #33,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #526 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Books) #7444 in American Literature (Books) #305 in Hard-Boiled Mystery Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Raymond Chandler

5. Trouble Is My Business (1988)

Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your AttentionThis collection by crime fiction master Raymond Chandler features four long stories in which private eye Philip Marlowe is hired to protect a rich old guy from a gold digger, runs afoul of crooked politicos, gets a line on some stolen jewels with a reward attached, and stumbles across a murder victim who may have been an extortionist. #66,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #1274 in Short Stories (Books) #624 in Hard-Boiled Mystery #317 in Travelogues & Travel Essays Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Raymond Chandler

6. The Little Sister (1988)

Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your Attention In noir master Raymond Chandler’s The Little Sister, a movie starlet with a gangster boyfriend and a pair of siblings with a shared secret lure private eye Philip Marlowe into the less than glamorous and more than a little dangerous world of Hollywood fame. Chandler’s first foray into the industry that dominates the company town that is Los Angeles. #224,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2429 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Books) #36321 in American Literature (Books) #1829 in Hard-Boiled Mystery Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Raymond Chandler

7. The Lady in the Lake (1988)

Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your Attention In The Lady in the Lake, hardboiled crime fiction master Raymond Chandler brings us the story of a couple of missing wives—one a rich man’s and one a poor man’s—who have become the objects of Philip 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….
Author(s): Raymond Chandler

8. The Simple Art of Murder (Pocket #50086) (1964)

Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your AttentionThis is a book that is not to be missed by Chandler fans. Unlike most other Chandler books, this is not merely a detective story. Chandler here writes an essay called “The Simple Art of Murder,” followed by 8 short stories each involving an LA based private detective, but each leading male protagonist with a different personality. Perhaps the greatest attraction of this book is the essay by Chandler on how he writes, and what he thinks of other writers. (Based on a review by top-1000 reviewer J. E. Robinson) #4,628,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #112418 in Suspense…
Author(s): Raymond Chandler

9. Playback (1988)

Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your Attention In noir master Raymond Chandler’s Playback, Philip Marlowe is hired by an influential lawyer he’s never heard of to tail a gorgeous redhead, but then decides he’d rather help out the redhead. She’s been acquitted of her alcoholic husband’s murder, but her father-in-law prefers not to take the court’s word for it. “Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence:” — Ross Macdonald #255,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2676 in Private Investigator Mysteries (Books) #2037…
Author(s): Raymond Chandler

10. The Annotated Big Sleep (2018)

Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your AttentionA masterpiece of noir, Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep helped to define a genre. Today it remains one of the most celebrated and stylish novels of the twentieth century. This comprehensive, annotated edition offers a fascinating look behind the scenes of the novel, bringing the gritty and seductive world of Chandler’s iconic private eye Philip Marlowe to life. The Annotated Big Sleep solidifies the novel’s position as one of the great works of American fiction and will surprise and enthrall Chandler’s biggest fans. Including: -Personal letters and source texts -The historical context of…
Author(s): Raymond Chandler , Owen Hill , et al.

11. A Mysterious Something in the Light: The Life of Raymond Chandler (2016)

Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your AttentionThe life of Raymond Chandler has long been obscured by secrets and half-truths as deceptive as anything in his novel The Long Goodbye. Now, drawing on new interviews, previously unpublished letters, and archives, Tom Williams casts a new light on this mysterious writer, a man troubled by loneliness and desertion. It was only during middle age, after his alcoholism wrecked a lucrative career as an oilman, that Chandler seriously turned to crime fiction. And his legacy—the lonely, ambiguous world of Philip Marlowe—endures, compelling generations of crime writers. In this…
Author(s): Tom Williams

12. The Big Sleep (2018)

Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your AttentionThe Big Sleep (1939) is a hardboiled crime novel by Raymond Chandler, the first in his acclaimed series about detective Philip Marlowe. The work has been adapted twice into film, once in 1946 and again in 1978.The story is noted for its complexity, with many characters double-crossing each other and many secrets being exposed throughout the narrative. The title is a euphemism for death; it refers to a rumination in the book about "sleeping the big sleep". #555,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3823 in Hard-Boiled Mystery #15432 in Classic Literature & Fiction Would…
Author(s): Raymond Chandler

13. Poodle Springs (1990)

Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your AttentionWhen died in 1959, he left behind the first four chapters of a new Philip Marlowe thriller. Now three decades later, , the bestselling creator of the Spenser detective novels, has completed in a full-length masterpiece of criminal passion. Philip Marlowe is alive and well and living in Poodle Springs, California. He’s married to a wealthy heiress now. But living in the lap of luxury hasn’t made a dent in Marlowe’s cynicism–or his talent for attracting trouble. Soon he’s on a trail of greed, lust, and murder as dark and cunning as any he’s ever seen. Philip Marlowe is back in business.” #119,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)…
Author(s): Raymond Chandler, Robert B. Parker

Best Raymond Chandler Books Worth Your Attention

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Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel

Author(s): Lawrence Osborne; Raymond Chandler
Publisher: Hogarth Press, Year: 2018, Size: 540 Kb, Download: azw3
ID: 2296030

The World of Raymond Chandler: In His Own Words

Author(s): Raymond Chandler
Publisher: Knopf, Year: 2014, Size: 37 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1323110

FreeSWITCH 1.2

Author(s): Anthony Minessale, Michael S Collins, Darren Schreiber, Raymond Chandler
Publisher: Packt Publishing, Year: 2013, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1057575

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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