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The Long Good-bye

The Long Good-bye [Kindle Edition]

Raymond Chandler , Jeffery Deaver
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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'Anything Chandler writes about grips the mind from the first sentence' Daily Telegraph 'One of the greatest crime writers, who set the standards others still try to attain' Sunday Times 'Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence' - Ross Macdonald

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The Long Good-bye is a classic novel by Raymond Chandler, the master of hard-boiled crime.

Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: Philip Marlowe, Private Investigator. He's willing to help a man down on his luck, but later, Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe finds himself drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover. Marlowe is sure Lennox didn't kill his wife, but how many more stiffs will turn up before he gets to the truth?

'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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (7 July 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9FU4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard-boiled brilliance from the master of noir 5 Dec 2001
By A Customer
As the last novel about the immortal PI Philip Marlowe, "The Long Good-bye" has a lot to live up to. It delivers superbly. The story, a complex web of high society scandal and dark secrets which leads to murder and suicide, is confidently handled and plotted to perfection. Marlowe begins by helping a young drunk out of a car but events soon begin to spiral out of control. As the novel progresses, Marlowe tries to act decently in a world that refuses to play fair. However, what raises this, and most of Chandler's work, above the pulp thriller genre, is the concise and relaxed brilliance of the style and the central character.
Reading the novel is a joy: a sardonic smile or bitter laugh a constant companion. Every sentence is steeped in cool and dark humour; every page contains a witty aphorism or observation. The descriptions are economical and precise, but spiced with a spin of disappointed intelligence: more often than not Marlowe describes something as "not" like something else. This clever use of negative simile reflects the tone of the novel: dark and uncompromising about society with a pitch black sense of humour. One interesting fact is that Chandler's observations about society, and particularly American society, are as devastatingly accurate as ever. The message is clear: corruption, whether personal, social or political, is timeless.
The character of Marlowe is similarly timeless: his dry wit and bruised idealism still sympathetic and engaging. He has lost none of his appeal despite being reimagined and reivented so many times by so many writers in the last fifty years. Marlowe remains the most important and impressive protagonist in noir, and in "The Long Good-bye" Chandler confirms that he doesn't just easily attain the accolade of king of noir, he also makes a strong case to be considered among the greats of mid 20th century American literature.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chandler is, quite simply, The Don 17 May 2002
By A Customer
Having picked up by chance, and really enjoyed "The Big Sleep" I subsequently bought "The Last Goodbye" - and suffice to say it absolutely blew me away. Make absolutely no mistake about it, this is a superb book.
It is as dense and complex as other comments on this page suggest. This was absolutely without question Chandlers finest hour - Marlowe was never more bitter, caustic and cynical than in this book, and Chandler finally reached his peak with his most brutal writing, which was as sparse and unadorned as you could possible wish for. He'd saved every plot twist and every scathing, bitter Marlowe put down for this, and the end result, which stinks of cigarette smoke and whiskey, is glorious.
Frankly, this is the absolute epitome of "Noir" - ice cool, dangerous and moody, and Marlowe is the finest 'anti-hero' around.
Every American crime writer to this day is still left flapping in comparison.
Buy without hesitation!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I can't tell you how much I love Chandler's poetic, vivid 1940s LA, and his magnificent creation, PI Philip Marlowe, through whose eyes you see that world. I return to Chandler whenever I've just thrown some Booker-nominated piece of rubbish across the room, and need to remind myself what proper writing is. I namecheck him wherever I go but don't seem to sign up too many new recruits. I can't understand why, but I've long since given up wondering, and just go into the kitchen and make myself a drink instead and channel chess-playing, bitter, handsome wreck, Marlowe, the "shop-soiled Galahad" (isn't that perfect?).

Like Dashiell Hammett, Chandler honed his considerable detective novel skills in pulp fiction (he also had a very interesting life prior to that), but neither are throwaway paperback writers. He's also no Hammett. Where Hammett is taking influences from Japan and the taut, terse world of the Samurai, writing exercises in brevity and control, Chandler is somewhere more fluid and lyrical, writing with humour and a style that removes his fiction to an altogether higher plane than your average high street detective. His plots are famously contorted and his one-liners legendary.

Philip Marlowe is a knight errant; he's brave and takes a punch, he makes mistakes and gets back up to finish the job. He's smart and clever - sometimes too smart for his own good. He's lonely but he doesn't make a move to change that. He's a just-good enough man - good enough to have friends where they matter; good enough to deserve to bust open the problem before him and solve it, whatever happens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down these mean streets a man must go... 3 Jan 2010
A crime classic,read this then read the rest of his works.Chandler has the knack of putting you in Marlowes shoes has he tries to use every instinct he has to crack this case.Recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great 8 Mar 2013
By Frank
I guess I was expecting more. Marlowe does deliver a good line here and there, but there's not much in the way of an investigation and some of the stuff he does figure out, seems contrived. I don't like it when a detective just knows something withoug figuring it out somehow. Plus Marlowe just throws himself into the guy's life with no good reason. I didn't buy into to that and Marlowe seems to have no fear or vices really. Maybe I was expecting more after seeing this was one of the top detective novels of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He enjoyed reading it
another book for my freind who asked me if I could find the title for him. He enjoyed reading it again
Published 2 months ago by R.TAIT
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Chandler
A page turner for sure... annoyingly so. I couldn't put it down. A pleasure to read. Recommended holiday poolside ;)
Published 4 months ago by Alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Chandler
I am a great fan of the Philip Marlowe books. I love Chandler's style and the way he portrays the 1940's rapidly growing Los Angeles with its crime syndicates, corrupt cops and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bob from Beds
5.0 out of 5 stars Madison's portrait
This isn't Chandler/Marlowe's swansong (see 'Playback') but it is certainly the most mature of the series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Officer Dibble
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
For some people, the USA in the 50s was a golden age when values were simpler, the country was top dog and people believed in the 'American way'. Chandler hated it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Tony C
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Chandler Noir
"'Alcohol is like love,' he said. 'The first kiss is magic, the second is intimate, the third is routine. After that you just take the girls clothes off. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2011 by M Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Chandler's master work
This is Chandler at his best. To me, this book isn't just a crime book, it's a meditation on the nature of friendship, loyalty, and alcoholism. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2011 by Mr. Gribbs
3.0 out of 5 stars Product ok but not exactly what i ordered
Product will do and cant complain about delivery but wasnt stated that product cover and intro was actually different from what i believe was ordered- should be stated clearly even... Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2010 by Claire716
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read to counter long winter nights.
The theme of Raymond Chandler's novel is set in the first page;a similar vein to the opening chapters in Dashiell Hammet's novel-The Thin Man. Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2010 by Dr. David M. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This is classic Chandler. The characters are charming yet edgy, prone to violence and tough enough to handle it.
Published on 25 Feb 2010 by Mr. Peter T. Carr
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