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Trouble is My Business written by Raymond Chandler
1954 UK Penguin Paperback later edition, London
A solid book
General tan as usual and some edge rubbing and wear
Tightly bound and square,
A reading copy only
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The Big Sleep
1949 UK Penguin paperback later edition published in London
A nice clean book, tight and solid, nicer than normally encountered
Tightly bound and square

Synopsis
The author's first novel, introducing Philip Marlowe, the Hard-Boiled genre's most influential series character, an absolute classic !

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The Little Sister by Raymond Chandler
1949 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hamilton, London
A VG book in 8/6 (as called for) unclipped dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, cloth has some mottling
The Jacket has needlessly been reinforced to rear spine area with paper
A notoriously fragile jacket also has some shelf wear to extremities

Precedes the American first, cheap, a solid copy and priced to sell
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The Long Good-Bye - Raymond Chandler
1953 UK hardback first edition, first impression, Hamish Hamilton London
Precedes the American 1st
A VG+ book VG+ unclipped dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square
The Jacket shallow chips to spine, short closed tear and light rubs to edges
Still clean and bright
Overall a very solid and satisfactory copy
An obvious classic and priced well below true retail value
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The Simple art of Murder
1950 UK hardback SECOND impression, same year as 1st published by Hamish Hamilton, London
A VG+ book in VG unclipped dustwrapper
Tiny initiial to endpaper no inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth
The Jacket shows just some minor chips and shelf wear to extremeties
A bright copy with great jacket artwork by CW Bacon
A classic and as near a first as you can get and at a fraction of the cost, just the same bar the term Second Impression
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Playback - Raymond Chandler
1961 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
A solid tidy copy, still tightly bound
No names etc
A particularly nice example
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Farewell My Lovely - Raymond Chandler
1954 British Penguin paperback later edition published in London
A solid reading copy
Bit of age tanning and rubbing to edges
Tightly bound and square

Synopsis
The second novel he wrote featuring Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe.
A decent reading copy

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The Lady in the Lake written by Raymond Chandler
1977 English Penguin paperback later edition published in London
A nice tight book
Bit of age tanning to pages as always
Solid bingding and straight spine

Synopsis
Notable for its removal of Marlowe from his usual Los Angeles
A nicer than normal reading copy

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The High Window
1951 UK Penguin paperback first edition, London
A solid example for a reader
Some scattered foxing, writing to final blank rear page
A classic title
Solid period reading copy
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Spanish Blood - Raymond Chandler
1946 US hardback first thus edition, Tower Mystery, New York
A VG+ book in VG unclipped, no price either, dust jacket
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, clean contents and cloth
The Jacket shows has small chip to front panel, light edge rubbing
A collection of short stories
A nice clean example
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Playback - Raymond Chandler
1958 English hardcover first edition, first impression, Hamish Hamilton, London
A VG book in unclipped dust jacket
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, clean cloth, occasional tanning to edges and endpapers
The Jacket shows just shallow wear to spine ends, tipe and edges
Philip Marlowe returns - classic !
A solid copy priced to sell
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The Long Good-Bye - Raymond Chandler
1953nd UK hardback Thriller Book Club edition, same year as 1st, London
A VG book unclipped dustwrapper
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tightly bound and square, usual paper tanning
The Jacket shows just some shallow loss to spine ends and shelf wear to extremities
Great period artwork
A solid reading copy
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Farewell My Lovely written by Raymond Chandler
1949 UK hardback fourth/new edition, Hamilton, London
A good book in unclipped dust jacket
No names, inscriptions or stamps but foxing to all edges
Tightly bound and square
The Jacket has chip to spine ends and rear panel
A classic title and a rare edition
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Red Wind
1946 US hardback first edition, Tower Mystery, New York
A VG+ book in VG unclipped, no price either, dust jacket
No names, inscriptions or stamps etc
Tight and square, clean text block and boards
The Jacket shows has light edge rubbing and wear
A collection of short stories
A bright and tidy book
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The Little Sister
1955 UK Penguin paperback first edition published in London
A nice clean book, tight and solid, nicer than normally encountered
Tightly bound and square

Synopsis
A Philip Marlowe classic

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Brief Biography
CHANDLER, Raymond (Thornton). American. Born in Chicago, Illinois. 23 July 1888; moved to England with his mother: naturalized British subject. 1907; again became an American citizen, 1956. Educated in a local school in Upper Norwood, London; Dulwich College, London. 1900-05; studied in France and Germany, 1905-07. Served in the Gordon Highlanders, Canadian Army, 1917-18, and in the Royal Air Force. 1918-19. Married Pearl Cecily Hurlburt in 1924 (died, 1954). Worked in the supply and accounting departments of the Admiralty, London, 1907; Reporter for the Daily Express, London, and the Western Gazette, Bristol, 1908-12; returned to the United States, 1912; worked in St. Louis, then on a ranch and in a sporting goods firm in California; accountant and bookKeeper at the Los Angeles Creamery, 1912-17; worked in a bank in San Francisco, 1919; worked for the Daily Express, Los Angeles, 1919; Bookkeeper, then Auditor. Dabney Oil Syndicate, Los Angeles. 1922-32;full-time writerfrom 1933. President. Mystery Writers of America, 1959. Recipient: Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award, for screenplay, 1946, for novel. 1954. Died 26 March 1959.

Raymond Chandler - The Characters
Philip Marlowe
Philip Marlowe is a modern-day knight, heading down the "mean streets" of Los Angeles as he follows his profession: private detective. Marlowe is a man with a college background in a profession with no specific educational requirement However, his interests are those of culture and sensibility. He can (and does) quote from Browning, Eliot, Shakespeare, and Flaubert. He likes the paintings of Rembrandt but has little taste for abstract art or atonal music. He plays chess and will relax by solving problems alone at the chess board. He is a man of principles, adhered to regardless of the consequences. Following these principles has caused him to take beatings and even to land in jail on several occasions. Marlowe knows Los Angeles as do few other people. His ability to speak some Spanish helps in certain parts of town. He has been everywhere in the area, from the San Fernando Valley to the changing neighborhoods of downtown Los Angeles, from Hollywood to the beach at Santa Monica and the corrupt Bay City (patterned after Long Beach). Marlowe has grown disenchanted with his city, especially as the 1940's brought gangsters from the East and from Las Vegas. Money and sex have never been unduly important to Philip Marlowe. In "The Long Goodbye" he meets 36-year-old Linda Loring, who offers both; she is the only woman with whom he has been known to fall in love. She proposes marriage but one has the impression that the independent Marlowe, now aged 42, is not ready to be tied down. However, evidence from an unfinished Marlowe story indicates that he does marry Linda Loring, lives in Palm Springs with her, but will not live on her fortune. It is perhaps best to summarize Philip Marlowe by using the words of Raymond Chandler in his famous essay: "The Simple Art of Murder" (1944), "if there were enough like him, I think the world would be a very safe place to live in, and yet not too dull to be worth living in."

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