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Author: Raymond Chandler
ISBN13: 978-0345288608
Title: The Simple Art of Murder (Philip Marlowe)
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Category: Thrillers and Suspense
Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 12, 1980)

The Simple Art of Murder (Philip Marlowe) by Raymond Chandler

The murder novel has also a depressing way of minding its own business, solving its own problems and answering its own questions. There is nothing left to discuss, except whether it was well enough written to be good fiction, and the people who make up the half-million sales wouldn't know that anyway. Good specimens of the art are much rarer than good serious novels. Second-rate items outlast most of the high-velocity fiction, and a great many that should never have been born simply refuse to die at all. They are as durable as the statues in public parks and just about as dull. It is the ladies and gentlemen of what Mr. Howard Haycraft(in his book "Murder for Pleasure") calls the Golden Age of detective fiction that really get me down. This age is not remote. For Mr. Haycraft's purpose it starts after the First World War and lasts up to about 1930.

The Simple Art of Murder is hard-boiled detective fiction author Raymond Chandler's critical essay, a magazine article, and his collection of short stories. The essay was first published in The Atlantic Monthly in December 1944.

Contains Chandler's essay on the art of detective stories and a collection of 8 classic Chandler mysteries. His witty one-liners of Philip Marlowe are great and make this character come alive, but his is the only example where Chandler's humor works. None of the story is boring or bad however. The author really raised the standard of the genre so high in the later works that his own early writings look pale in comparison. The sense i got from these stories, is that Chandler was tr The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler. This book is a series of short stories, written in the 1930's and 40's, prefaced by an essay he wrote on writing crime fiction and gives the book its title. I've always been a fan of Chandler's "Phillip Marlowe" and of Dashiell Hammet's "Thin Ma.

Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Raymond Chandler’s first three novels, published here in one volume, established his reputation as an unsurpassed master of hard-boiled detective fiction. The Big Sleep, Chandler’s first novel, introduces Philip Marlowe, Hardboiled: An Anthology of American Crime Stories. by Bill Pronzini · Jack Adrian · Dashiell Hammett · Raymond Chandler · Chester Himes · Norbert Davis · John D. MacDonald · Benjamin Appel · Elmore Leonard · Jonathan Craig · David Goodis · Ross Macdonald · . Burnett · Mickey Spillane · Gil Brewer · Leigh Brackett · Helen Nielsen · Evan Hunter.

Raymond Chandler was one of the finest prose writers of the twentieth century. Age does not wither Chandler’s prose. He wrote like an angel.

Highlights of the collection include "The Simple Art of Murder," an essay by the author on the nature of mystery-writing, and the haunting "I'll Be Waiting," in which a lonely hotel detective tries to help a beautiful guest and ends up paying a dearer price than he could ever have imagined. Anyone looking for a fresh perspective on one of mystery's best writers should pick up "The Simple Art Of Murder.

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Chapter 4 focuses on Raymond Chandler and his farewell Philip Marlowe novel Playback. Even as it playfully dishes out familiar genre formulas and multiple playbacks of playbacks of playbacks, it bids an ironic farewell to the entire hardboiled tradition, self-reflexively deconstructing itself and the entire genre. Do you want to read the rest of this chapter? Request full-text.

The Simple Art of Murder. Prefaced by the famous Atlantic Monthly essay of the same name, in which he argues the virtues of the hard-boiled detective novel, this collection mostly drawn from stories he wrote for the pulps demonstrates Chandler's imaginative, entertaining facility with the form. This is the Code of the Private Eye as defined by Raymond Chandler in his 1944 essay 'The Simple Act of Murder. Such a man was Philip Marlowe, private eye, an educated, heroic, streetwise, rugged individualist and the hero of Chandler's first novel, The Big Sleep. These stories are where Chandler honed his art and developed his uniquely vivid underworld, peopled with good cops and bad cops, informers and extortionists, lethally predatory blondes and redheads, and crime, sex, gambling, and alcohol in abundance.

The Simple Art of Murder (Philip Marlowe) [mass_market] Chandler, Raymond [Mar 12, 1980]
Reviews: 7
He names names and points out the silliness of the conventional English mystery. An essential book for writers—for those who dabble in murder, at any rate. Extremely entertaining for mystery and murder fans, and it’s great fun to watch Chandler use blunt instrument or knife as his victim requires!
This is a collection of one essay and several short stories. In the title essay, Raymond Chandler provides an interesting critique of crime fiction in general Every Chandler fan should read this essay. His take on the classic British mystery formula is spot on, and rather amusing. Unlike Chandler's novels, several of the short stories are written in the third person.
If you're a fan of Raymond Chandler, it's a must read! Also includes an essay by Chandler on his ideas about the character a private investigator should have and its role in writing fiction.
There is a linked table of contents in the Kindle edition. For some reason you can't get to it in the usual Kindle way, but it's close enough to the front of the book that you can't miss it (though right after you download the ebook you're on a page just BEYOND the table of contents).

There are also blank "pages" after each item, which is confusing.

Other than that, this is a good edition, and seems typo free. Chandler's estate is getting money; God's in his heaven; all's right with the world.

Once in a while you do wish Amazon was a little less slapdash, and looked over ebook publishers' shoulders a little bit more. So far the Tom Corbett series, complete with illustrations, is the most lovingly presented ebook I've seen, better than this Chandler and far better than the Oxford Complete Shakespeare.

Also the business of mixing the Kindle reviews with other reviews is confusing.

This collection of short stories leads off with one essay, Chandler's most famous, "The Simple Art of Murder." That's the one where he badmouths all traditional Golden Age detective stories, and dissects A. A. Milne's THE RED HOUSE MYSTERY in about three closely reasoned pages. He also has a famous passage on the merits of Dashiell Hammett, which ends with Chandler's famous "Down these mean streets" paragraph on the ideal detective hero.

Them as wants to can download THE RED HOUSE MYSTERY from Kindle for free and see how right or wrong Chandler is.

None of Chandler's detective short stories except for the very late "The Pencil," featured Philip Marlowe, the hero of all Chandler's books. Chandler effectively stopped writing short stories (again, except for "The Pencil") after his first novel, THE BIG SLEEP, in 1939. Some of his later short stories resembled the novels to come, and their heroes were sometimes renamed Philip Marlowe in later reprintings, for example in THE BEST AMERICAN MYSTERY STORIES OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY's version of "Red Wind."

The stories in THE SIMPLE ART OF MURDER, though, are earlier stories, and some of their detectives have characters that would not let them be easily renamed after Marlowe. For example the hero of "Spanish Blood," the first story in this collection, is Hispanic, and that is important to the plot.

Chandler looked on his short stories as apprentice work, but some of these early stories have a kind of power that, though cruder, is also different from the power that appears in the novels. Their detectives are less wittily aloof from the crimes they get involved in, and their lives seem a little dirtier in general. Considering what Marlowe himself goes through, that says quite a bit.

Contents of Kindle edition: the essay discussed above, plus eight short stories: Spanish Blood, I'll Be Waiting, The King in Yellow, Pearls Are a Nuisance, Pickup on Noon Street, Smart-Aleck Kill, Guns at Cyrano's, and Nevada Gas.
I go to Chandler when I'm worn out with current affairs. His affairs are much more tolerable and interesting.
a great copy
Great collection of Raymond Chandler stories!
I like the era and classic writing style