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VINE VOICEon 9 March 2014
Let's not beat about the bush, this short story is essentially the first draft for the first half of 'The Big Sleep' which was published four years later.

Many of the names are the same (Carmen, Agnes), as are the characters eg. Steiner/Geiger, as the dodgy bookseller. What is missing is the character of Marlow - although the narrator is the same private eye. Also missing are the one-liners that became Chandler's trademark. In fact, the novella contains only one similie of note, 'I thought he was as crazy as a pair of waltzing mice'.

The wonderful Penguin publishing house are pushing their luck to use the words 'Modern Classic' but they are right in using the word 'Mini'. I have often wondered whether 'The Big Sleep' is really two short stories welded together - here is the proof.

I strongly recommend you only read this out of curiosity once you've savoured the 1939 true classic.
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on 29 March 2014
This is the original short story that The Big Sleep originated from by Raymond Chandler. I read The Big Sleep first and admittedly, wasn't a fan. I found Marlowe to be a cold character and completely unrelatable. When reading this, the differences were very slight, but I found myself liking his character a whole lot more in this short story, and the plot was so much simpler and easier to follow! I actually much preferred this shorter version.
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on 22 January 2015
A dry run for the later classic "The Big Sleep", but familiar to all lovers of Chandler's brand of wise-cracking, noirish, down at heel tough dialogue. Strong stuff, successful and addictive. You will want to dive further into this world once hooked.
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on 1 March 2013
not chandlers best but still worth a read if you have got a spare hour, just the one liners make this a worhwhile read, and anyone who has not read chandler is really missing out
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on 3 August 2013
Great writing, the descriptions are wonderful. Very short but a great introduction to this author. I Would definitely recommend it.
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on 3 February 2013
"The Big Sleep" is a masterpiece you have to read. After reading it, Killer in the Rain gives the subtle pleasure of sniffing smells from the chef's kitchen. Chandler's neat, dry writing is at its best. I daresay that length constraints (the short novel was originally printed in a magazine) help him keep its pace high and tight. Todays' writers should reflect, maybe
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on 31 October 2014
very pleased with item thanks
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on 13 November 2014
SO SO
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