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Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)

Educated in England, served in World War I, became an officer in an oil corporation in the United States.  Clifton Fadiman described Chandler's prose as "image-laden, raw-colored," and the prose of Hammett as "all bone style."


The detective Philip Marlowe was played on the radio by four actors: Gerald Mohr, Van Heflin, William Conrad and Dick Powell.  The show first aired in 1947 on NBC as The Adventures of Philip Marlowe and later moved to CBS.  Within two years, the show became the highest rated show on the air.  Just click on one of the shows below and enter a world of murder and mystery.



Night Tide

The Lady In Mink

The Ebony Link

The Unfair Lady

Pigeon's Blood

The Busy Body

Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. He is the hero, he is everything. He must be a complete man and a common man and yet an unusual man. He must be, to use a rather weathered phrase, a man of honor, by instinct, by inevitability, without thought of it, and certainly without saying it. He must be the best man in his world and a good enough man for any world." -- Raymond Chandler The Simple Art of Murder

"I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country. What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun." - Raymond Chandler Farewell, My Lovely

"Guns never settle anything," I said.  "They are just a fast curtain to a bad second act."



"Somebody who loved me very much had put them (ice cubes) on the back of my head.  Somebody who loved me less had bashed in the back of my skull.  It could have been the same person.  People have moods."


   "If my books had been any worse I should not have been invited to Hollywood and if they had been any better I should not have come."

Novels of Raymond Chandler: The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The Little Sister; The High Window; Playback; The Lady in the Lake; The Long Goodbye.

Short Stories of Raymond Chandler: 

Raymond Chandler in London"Blackmailers Don't Shoot" (December 1933, Black Mask)
"Smart-Aleck Kill" (July 1934, Black Mask)
"Finger Man" (October 1934, Black Mask)
"Killer in the Rain" (January 1935, Black Mask)
"Nevada Gas" (June 1935, Black Mask)
"Spanish Blood" (November 1935, Black Mask)
"Guns at Cyrano's" (January 1936, Black Mask)
"The Man Who Liked Dogs" (March 1936, Black Mask)
"Noon Street Nemesis" (May 30, 1936, Detective Fiction Weekly). Later published in collections as "Pick-up on Noon Street"
"Goldfish" (June 1936, Black Mask)
"The Curtain" (September 1936, Black Mask)
"Try the Girl" (January 1937, Black Mask)
"Mandarin's Jade" (November 1937, Dime Detective Magazine)
 "Red Wind" (January 1938, Dime Detective Magazine)
"The King in Yellow" (March 1938,Dime Detective Magazine)
"Bay City Blues" (June 1938; Dime Detective Magazine)
"The Lady in the Lake" (January 1939, Dime Detective Magazine) "Pearls Are a Nuisance" (April 1939, Dime Detective Magazine) "Trouble Is My Business" (August 1939, Dime Detective Magazine)
"No Crime in the Mountains" (September 1941, Detective Story, John Evans)
"Marlowe Takes on the Syndicate" (1958) (April 6-10, 1959; London Daily Mail) . Also published as "Wrong Pigeon" (February 1961, Manhunt),
"Philip Marlowe's Last Case" (January 1962, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine), and "The Pencil" (September 1965, Argosy).

"Nothing says goodbye like a bullet"