50 Books To Read Before You Die

The Big Sleep

Author: Raymond Chandler
Released: 1939
Genre: Crime fiction

In the pulpy days of Raymond Chandler's fiction, crime tales were teeming with ruthless dames, complicated antihero P.I.'s, and more double-crosses than a one-on-one game between Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook. The Big Sleep, which marked the debut of Chandler's staple character, detective Philip Marlowe, is universally hailed as the writer's tightest work, a hotbed of blackmails, deception, and, of course, murder.

Fun Fact: The character of Philip Marlowe has appeared in nine of Chandler's novels, as well as five of the author's short stories.

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