The Little Sister

The Little Sister

Paperback - 1988
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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
039475767X
Branch Call Number: FIC Chand
Characteristics: 250 p. --

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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.

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c_anderson
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.

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