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Short, clipped, brilliant,
This review is from: Trouble is My Business (Paperback)
Four short novellas featuring everyone's favourite jaded shamus, Philip Marlowe. The stories were originally published with the protagonist's name as John Dalmas - Chandler hadn't yet found the right name for his most famous creation - but that's been rectified here. Quite right too, because Dalmas was Marlowe in all but name, with the same office, same car, and same sardonic wit, independent code of ethics and way with the dames.
Chandler's prose is superb, as you might expect, and his dry wit and way with similes made me laugh out loud more than once. Here are just some gems:
"The voice that answered was fat. It wheezed softly, like the voice of a man who had just won a pie-eating contest."
"I moved around slowly, like a cat in a strange house."
And, maybe best of all, "Did anyone invent this on purpose?" (whilst drinking Tequila).
Chandler's also too good to let all of this teeter into self parody - there's plenty of darkness to contrast Marlowe's wisecracks. In short, perfect "entry-level" Chandler for newcomers, and something to savour for established fans.