The Big Sleep
Author: Raymond Chandler
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.