Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Raymond Chandler, In Order

7. Playback

6. The High Window

5. Farewell My Lovely

4. The Lady In The Lake

3. The Big Sleep

2. The Little Sister

1. The Long Goodbye

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deepomega (#1,720)

Lady in the Lake below Big Sleep? You're a monster and a cretin. Only one of these books ends with a CAR CRASH at a DAM under GUARD AGAINST THE AXIS, Balk, and it's not The Big Sleep.

KarenUhOh (#19)

"Red Wind," a short story I know, but right there at the top.

LondonLee (#922)

I like The High Window more than that but you'd have to be on crack to dispute the #1

iantenna (#5,160)

the funny thing about raymond chandler is that his best books are actually written by ross macdonald.

Shark (#265,818)

My problem with this listicle without commentary is that it DOES need commentary, or at least it should clarify that it concerns novels only. I suppose limiting it to "Philip Marlowe works" would also help, but would still leave out the short stories, including those featured in *Trouble Is My Business*. Chandler wrote poems and essays for various London literary publications before he wrote *The Big Sleep*. He also wrote a ton of non-Marlowe stories for Black Mask — only a few of which were converted to Marlowe stories and some of which are included in novel-length anthologies like *The Simple Art of Murder*. What I'm saying is, you left out the short stories dude.

Also, I would have switched *The Lady in the Lake* and *The Little Sister*.

Mr. B (#10,093)

I'm sentimental about The Lady in the Lake, mainly because I read it in a 1944 hardback with intact dust jacket that I found in some New England thrift store, complete with a note from Alfred A. Knopf on the back explaining that war rationing of paper had forced them to shrink page sizes and widths, but also because it's so fucking good.

Eh, maybe I'd place Farewell, My Lovely a place or two higher, but no one in his right mind can argue with #1.

JW Mason (#10,308)

This one is hard to argue with. I would flip 5 and 4, but otherwise, sure.

I'll just agree with the "all good" tag and leave it at that.

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