Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep is the definitive hardboiled
detective story and Philip Marlowe the perfect expression of the
cynical, world-weary gumshoe. Hired by the crippled General Sternwood
to shake off a blackmailer, Marlowe also has to deal with the general's
two rebellious daughters, the gamblers and pornographers they run with
and, soon enough, some inconvenient murders. Chandler's LA and the
gutter-life that populate it made crime fiction what it is today and
About The Author
One of the greatest crime writers, who set standards that others still try to attain.' Sunday Times Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and moved to England with his family when he was twelve. He attended Dulwich College, Alma Mater to some of the twentieth century’s most renowned writers. Returning to America in 1912, he settled in California, worked in a number of jobs, and later married.
It was during the Depression era that he seriously turned his hand to writing and his first published story appeared in the pulp magazine Black Mask in 1933, followed six years later by his first novel. The Big Sleep introduced the world to Philip Marlowe, the often imitated but never-bettered hard-boiled private investigator.
Series: Popular Penguins
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st September 2008
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 12.3
Weight (kg): 17.8