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Killer in the Rain: "The Man Who Liked Dogs"; "The Curtain"; "Try the [Kindle Edition]

Raymond Chandler , Peter Robinson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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It was in the pulp detective magazines of the 1930s that Raymond Chandler's definitive take on the hard-boiled detective story first appeared. Here then, from the well-thumbed pages of "Black Mask" and "Dime Detective Magazine", are eight of his finest stories including "The Man Who Liked Dogs", "The Lady in the Lake" and "Bay City Blues". Sharper than a hoodlum's switchblade, more exciting than an unexpected red-head and stronger than a double shot of whisky, they are packed full of the punchy poetry and laconic wit that makes Chandler the undisputed master of his genre.

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Best-known as the creator of the original private eye, Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and died in 1959. Many of his books have been adapted for the screen, and he is widely regarded as one of the very greatest writers of detective fiction.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 716 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (6 July 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9Y2I
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A killer collection of early Chandler stories 26 Nov 2000
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Before Marlowe, there was Carmady, Dalmas and Evans. Sharp-talking, fast-shooting PIs with attitude, integrity and a knack for getting mixed up in other folks' problems Sound familiar? It should. For not only did these guys pre-date Raymond Chandler's most famous creation, Philip Marlowe, they also paved the way for him, providing the literary blueprint from which he evolved. Indeed, part of their heroic legacy can be found in this collection of early short stories.
Originally published between 1935 and 1941 in pulp magazines like "Black Mask" and "Dime Store Detective," the eight stories comprising "Killer in the Rain" were later adapted and reworked by Chandler to form the basis of his novels "The Big Sleep," "Farewell My Lovely" and "The Lady in the Lake." Feeling that he had thus committed a form of creative 'cannibalism,' the author refused for them to be anthologised during his lifetime, hoping instead that they would fade from public memory. Fortunately for his fans, however, the stories (along with a fascinating introduction charting their background and transition to novel form) eventually resurfaced in this volume, first published in 1964, five years after Chandler's death. And any guilt the reader may feel about contravening the great man's wishes by daring to open its pages soon dissolves into wonder at his unfailing brilliance.
All the Chandler trademarks are there. Complex, tormented protagonists like the lovesick murderer Steve Skalla in "Try the Girl," and the doomed drunk Helen Matson in "Bay City Blues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Liked The Man Who Liked Dogs 27 Dec 2011
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I'd never read any Raymond Chandler before, i knew the style of his stories and his mark on literature, but thought i'd give it a go despite it falling way outside my normal reading material.

I was blown away, (not unlike many characters in the book) every story included is gripping, tense and full of the most wonderful language, to the extent I either chuckled to myself or wondered why on earth we dont all talk like Chandlers characters in real life. I'd say this is an excellent introduction to Raymond Chandler, the stories are varied enough to warrant including but similar in their convoluted twists and turns. I've heard (and the introduction in this book even suggests) that the characters (particullay the Private Detectives) are mearly precursors to his later characters from more famous works, if thats the case im hooked.

Wonderful place to start, i've told most of my freinds about the book which is rare for me. It's a 'Desert-Island' book this, provided your desert island has some form of gambling joint built on it, and firearms. Loved it.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition comes up a little short 17 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
Beware: while the print editions of this book are collections of short stories, the Kindle edition only contains one short story, namely "Killer In The Rain". The other stories listed in the title are NOT included. Killer In The Rain is an interesting read if you already know The Big Sleep; it's a kind of prototype for the later full-length story. 5 stars for that, but -4 stars for promising 8 stories and delivering only one.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting early Chandler, but for fans only. 13 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
A collection of Chandler's short stories, many of which were expanded, or sometimes combined into his longer novels. Philip Marlowe didn't make an appearance by name in these early stories, but his character and actions are already developed. No Crime in the Mountains is the final story and doesn't appear in the later books, possibly because the Nazi villains were no longer fashionable. This is a fascinating read for Chandler fans interested in the origins of his ideas, but casual readers should just stick to the excellent and more developed novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard boiled and Nasty! 17 Jun 2014
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Vintage Chandler, hard-boiled, sharp and nasty. The only criticism is that it all gets a bit overwhelming at times. Still wonderful, though
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only good 21 Nov 2013
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The quality is excellent, the transport was fast and accurate, i would recommend it to everyone. Just a good experience :-)
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