The Little Sister

The Little Sister

Paperback - 1988
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's fifth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" ( Los Angeles Times ).

In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Little Sister , a movie starlet with a gangster boyfriend and a pair of siblings with a shared secret lure private eye Philip Marlowe into the less than glamorous and more than a little dangerous world of Hollywood fame. Chandler's first foray into the industry that dominates the company town that is Los Angeles.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 1988, c1949.
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed. --
ISBN: 9780394757674
Branch Call Number: FIC Chand
Characteristics: 250 p. --


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

voisjoe1 Feb 27, 2014

“Little Sister” is the first Raymond Chandler novel released after Chandler’s somewhat tempestuous relationship as screenwriter on the Billy Wilder directed film “Double Indemnity.” The novel includes comments and fictional Hollywood movie actors, giving Chandler an opportunity to make wisecracks about his impressions of the film industry. Like in the novel “The Big Sleep,” lots of people connected to the case, some just after meeting Marlowe meet their demise. Marlowe, a private investigator, is under no obligation to inform police on a timely basis, in order to make sure some don’t get bumped off. I felt that the book could have ended at three different points, but at the first two, Marlowe continued investigating, which radically changed the guilty each time.

Jun 01, 2011

Possibly the most cynical Marlowe novel of all. Some beautifully written, gritty, acid-edged prose. As is typical of Chandler, the plot isn't really the most important thing.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at APL

To Top