The New Yorker put it best…
“Chandler wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered.”
Chandler’s rich prose, his multi-faceted protagonist and often one-dimensional “bad guys” defined a genre… he set a standard that, while many have aspired to, few have met.
I loved the twists and turns in Farewell, My Lovely… from a routine case, Marlowe “steps in it” and finds himself embroiled in murder, a ring of jewel thieves, and more murder.
Through it all, Mr Chandler keeps his character human… he doesn’t make him out to be some sort of super-hero.. Marlowe gets cut… he bleeds. He gets “coshed”, he hurts. But, he keeps getting back up… relentless.
I loved this book immensely and would recommend to anyone. My favorite line…
“I like smooth shiny girls, hard-boiled and loaded with sin.”
Me too, Mr. Marlowe… me too! *wink*