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Chandler is often credited as an influence, along with Jim Thompson, of noir. Basically, Noir (mind if I smoke?) is the French-applied term for philosophical alcoholics that use words like "flat-foot" and "ugly-mugg" and get involved in some seedy crime.
On the other hand, Chandler was creating stories about a curmudgeonly hero, Philip Marlowe, the counter-opposite of Thompson's sociopaths. It's great that this collection features the less noir but speedier plots that get overlooked, especially Lady in the Lake. Lady shows you Los Angeles and the surrounding resort cities of the 1940s with really poetic writing. And yes, it has a snake-like murder mystery to solve… Read more