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The Lady in the Lake (A Philip Marlowe Novel) Paperback – 7 Jul 2005

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (7 July 2005)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0140108947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140108941
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.8 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 698,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Chandler has been over this ground before but The Lady in the Lake takes him out of the city and into rural mountains.The result is a contrast between his hero's city smart 'shamus'and the country cute lawman which is a sub-plot of its own that lends a pacy air to the main storyline.Marlowe is slicker and smarter than ever,but ,as usual ,makes errors which humanise and make the reader identify with him.We are shown the seedy side of the hustle lifestyle of '30s and 40's LA ,while silently respecting the humanity of the hero ,who speaks through the book in the first person. There are tough dames,weak rats and hard men side by side with the vulnerable and soft-all the characters are believable and Chandler portrays them in a way that makes them clear in the imagination.There are no tricks to the tale-the crime almost becomes secondary as the simple vices of people take controls of their lives .This is a great read,a hard boiled thriller which is as good as it gets and can be read over and over.
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The consensus is The Lady in the Lake is not comparable to Chandler's "big three" (Big Sleep, Long Goodbye, Farewell My Lovely), but I found it just as satisfying.

Chandler's writing is oil slick. So easy, so intelligent, so very cool. As usual the characters are somehow subtle but eccentric all at once and the similes and descriptions are stylishly inventive. The plot doesn't weave and deceive as much as some of his other novels but this didn't detract from the story for me.

The Marlowe in TLITL is less hostile, less paranoid, less aggressive than in some of the other novels. This makes me like him more but some readers may prefer his younger, spikier self.

Still, like all the other Chandler-Marlowe novels, reading it is an exceptional way to pass the time. I can only imagine literary snobbery towards crime fiction is the reason why Chandler is not held up as one of the 20th century's greatest writers.
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 Dec. 2014
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I have just re-read this for probably the 6th or 7th time, but I hadn't read it for at least a decade. It is still quite brilliant, and the pleasure of reading such a superbly written, engrossing and humane novel is undimmed by either familiarity or time. The plot is gripping and the first person narration is an absolute masterclass in how to do it.

I think Chandler was a truly great writer of English. Marlowe has the tough one-liners and smart comebacks, of course, but he also has wonderful, meditative passages on the human condition which you hardly notice as being meditative because they are so well done. Marlowe is, under the hard-boiled exterior, a moral and humane man with a deep understanding of people which enables him to get to the heart of things and it is this which makes Chandler's books stand out as fine novels as well as first-class detective stories.

The other aspect of Chandler's sheer brilliance is his characterization. Everyone, even the most minor of characters, is drawn convincingly and with immense skill. They generally seem to paint their own portraits through what they say and do rather than a lot of the laborious psychological theorising which can get so tiresome in lesser detective novels. For example, Jim Patton, the Constable (effectively sherrif) of a small mountain county is a creation of genius, I think.

Few people will need an endorsement from me to persuade them to read a Chandler novel, but I would recommend this very warmly indeed. Plot, place and characters are all brilliantly done: it is, quite simply, superb.
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By Hamish Adam TOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2015
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Here's the problem with 'The Lady In The Lake'. It was made into a crap film (the one with the nutty Marlowe POV treatment starring Robert Montgomery) and the novel's reputation never really recovered from it. It also suffers from a very un-Marlowe like setting at the cabin in the mountains which arguably pricks the atmospheric bubble of LA/Hollywood/Bay City by using an environment that is just too far removed from the tawdry neon streets that Marlowe is inextricably connected to.

That said, it is a very solid structurally assembled novel, far better built, and infinitely more comprensible than, say, 'The Big Sleep'. Here, as with so many of his novels, Chandler knits together two separate stories - the disappearance of a society wife, and a murderer on the run. There are superb characters galore - the vile louche lounge lizard, the sheriff, the guy looking after the cabin, the detective, the part-time newspaper editor, and so on. All well drawn. There are also some neat references to the effect that the distant WW2 is having on people. For me, however, I would have to place it as my 4th equal favorite Chandler novel (along with The High Window). But still, a very robust 5 stars.
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I picked up this book for no better reason than I came across it and decided to give it a try, being short of something to read at the time. I don't normally go for crime/mystery stories, but harbored fond memories of several Philip Marlowe films (always in black-and-white and starring Humphrey Bogart). I was also aware that he's considered one of the masters of the genre, and also that he could write better than most.
Chandler was known for his sharp dialogue and clever use of metaphor, though actually I found the wise-cracking one-liners a bit much at times. It can make the characters seem all rather similar if they all talk the same way. But this doesn't detract from a fast-paced drama with some great scenes, a neat twist, and an atmospheric feel of time and place. The intricate plot concerns the disappearance of two women and starts with a body in a lake, which is about all one can say without giving too much away. It includes the usual Chandler props of alcoholic tough guys and bungling cops, but it's a formula that works. An entertaining read, much better than watching TV (unless one of those old Bogart films happens to be playing).
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