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I should probably slow down on calling Raymond Chander a god. Novelists who write so damn well (and there are few of those) must sometimes tire of both hyperbole and the undersell too. Look. This isn't my favorite Chandler or my favorite Marlowe, and the Great and Glorious Chandler doesn't deviate too far from his script (Rich, difficult clients >> wise-cracking PI >> dame >> cops >> drinks >> California >> dead bodies >> Marlowe close to the line >> Marlowe over the line >> Marlowe wraps it all up and still fills like crap about it).
But he does it so well. This is a formula that gets tried again and again by almost every new detective or Noir writer on the planet and 99 percent don't even get close. But Chander owns it. His counterrotated prose is like a literary quadruple lutz that he lands again and again and again. He is predictable, pretty and dear GOD nearly perfect every single time.
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Chandler wrote a novel where every single sentence seems poised with suspense and brilliance. Ray Porter is the narrator and his voice is as flexible as a rubber band. between the great writing and great narration, I've not enjoyed a detective novel more.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Wonderful. Narrator perfect. I know Chandler's work well. It was a luxury to have it read to me. Well done.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
loved the tightness of the plot and humour of the narrative. Enjoyed the delivery but found it sent me to sleep.
Recommend this audio book anyway.