The Lady in the Lake

The Lady in the Lake

Paperback - 1992
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Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's fourth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" ( Los Angeles Times ).

In The Lady in the Lake , hardboiled crime fiction master Raymond Chandler brings us the story of a couple of missing wives--one a rich man's and one a poor man's--who have become the objects of Philip Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1992, c1943.
Edition: 1st Vintage CrimeBlack Lizard ed. --
ISBN: 9780394758251
Branch Call Number: FIC Chand
Characteristics: 266 p. --


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Jun 17, 2018

A good pace and addictive. Read it in five days. There are a lot of characters and I had to read and re-read many passages to get things straight in my head.

voisjoe1 Oct 10, 2013

For the umpteenth time, I tried to watch the Robert Montgomery directed “The Lady in the Lake,” and started getting lost as Chandler piles on character after character, many which are never actually seen in the film. So I tried a new strategy with this film. I got the Chandler novel and experienced them side-by-side, reading 50 pages or so, then watching the film for those pages, and then advancing day-by-day another 50 pages. Both this novel and the film are excellent examples of the classic noir developed in these days by the best of the authors, this one being Chandler and the other great noir author, Dashiell Hammett. There was just so much great dialog, with a lot of people lying to each other about their experiences or motives. It’s fun experiencing the hard-boiled dialog, both in the book and in the film.

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