Raymond Chandler

Introduction by Ken Paradis

This page-turner of a detective novel reveals the dark underbelly of 1950s America. Los Angeles, land of movie stars and swimming pools, is a mirage of glamour and luxury in the American imagination. In Chandler's depiction, the economy is booming, cars are king, and interstate highways are springing up across the country, but not far beneath this shiny surface lurk dark, dangerous and desperate people. Philip Marlowe, private investigator, moves through the bleached American nowhere-and-everywhere of Los Angeles. Trouble is never hard to find among the often distressed, frequently charming, and occasionally downright weird characters who populate this novel. This compelling tale of mystery, revenge and mental illness finishes with a denouement as jaw-dropping as it is unexpected. 

Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) was a novelist and screenwriter whose novels include Farewell My Love (1940), The Long Goodbye (1953) and Playback (1958). Ken Paradis teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University and is a long-time fan of the hardboiled detective genre.

For copyright reasons, this edition is only for sale in Canada and other countries where works enter the public domain 50 years after the end of the year of the author's death.

Paperback, 6 X 9, 200 pages

ISBN-13: 978-1-77244-035-5

$24.95 CANADA