Library staff recommendation: The Long Goodbye


The Long Goodbye
by Raymond Chandler
Greenfield Open Stacks 813 C361l 1992

In this noir classic by Raymond Chandler, private detective Philip Marlowe finds himself in a world of trouble when he helps a depressed and scarred veteran flee the US for Mexico, caught between police, gangsters, and an assortment of duplicitous characters with their own motives. As with any good detective story, there are twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, but it is Marlowe’s blunt attitude and Chandler’s pitch perfect writing that keeps the pages turning. What emerges is a grim and corrupt portrait of 1950’s Los Angeles, and one of  crime fiction’s best stories.

Recommended by Mike Sgier

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