|Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep|
General Sternwood, a millionaire in 1930s Los Angeles, hires Phillip Marlowe to investigate a man who claims to have controversial photos of his socialite daughter. However, as Marlowe’s investigation progresses, he finds himself in for a little more than he bargained for (excuse the cliche).
In the last few years, I have developed quite an appetite for detective fiction. However, in the past few months, I’ve wanted to dig deep into the hard-boiled and noir sub-genre. What better place to start than with one that is considered one of the founding fathers of all modern detective fiction.
Chandler not only presents us with a great mystery but also his much revered original style. After finishing this book, I can see why his prose was so influential on a generation of writers. So many memorable quotes are contained within this book! I’ve selected just a few of my favorites but there are more than I can possibly remember.
It must have been something to be an avid reader when this hit shelves back in 1939. To read this and take in something special that rarely existed must have been refreshing to say the least. With so many signature characters and series’ that clutter bookstores nowadays, it’s hard to imagine seeing something like this for the first time.
I’ve certainly become a Marlowe fan after just this one outing and I can’t wait to get my hands on subsequent novels.