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The Lady in the Lake (Philip Marlowe Series Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Raymond Chandler , Jonathan Kellerman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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The Lady in the Lake is a classic detective novel by the master of hard-boiled crime

Derace Kingsley's wife ran away to Mexico to get a quickie divorce and marry a Casanova-wannabe named Chris Lavery. Or so the note she left her husband insisted. Trouble is, when Philip Marlowe asks Lavery about it he denies everything and sends the private investigator packing with a flea lodged firmly in his ear. But when Marlowe next encounters Lavery, he's denying nothing - on account of the two bullet holes in his heart. Now Marlowe's on the trail of a killer, who leads him out of smoggy LA all the way to a murky mountain lake . . .

'Anything Chandler writes about grips the mind from the first sentence' Daily Telegraph

'One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards others still try to attain' Sunday Times

'Chandler is an original stylist, creator of a character as immortal as Sherlock Holmes' Anthony Burgess

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. His books include The Big Sleep, The Little Sister, Farewell, My Lovely, The Long Good-bye, The Lady in the Lake, Playback, Killer in the Rain, The High Window and Trouble is My Business.

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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: 1128 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0140108947
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (7 July 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9YLY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking hard boiled crime novel 20 Nov. 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Chandler 4 Dec. 2007
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb novel 14 Dec. 2014
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old-fashioned entertainment 17 Aug. 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A lesson in how to write a detective novel. 9 Dec. 2014
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I am working my way through all the Chandler novels and this is another classic. Considering that it was written seventy odd years ago it has dated very little. Philip Marlowe remains one step ahead of the reader even when we think we are ahead of him. All the usual ingredients are there - being beaten up, finding a naked corpse, dangerous women, those wonderful similes and of course a twist at the end that no one foresaw, but the mixture each time is quite different and unpredictable. Like going back and listening to your vinyl records again, you find that some things have not been improved upon over the years.
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