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Trouble Is My Business

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Raymond Chandler is a master." --"The New York Times"
""[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered." --"The New Yorker
""Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious." --Robert B. Parker, "The New York Times Book Review
""Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban
Published June 11th 2002 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 1950)
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Jul 15, 2014 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of four short stories featuring Philip Marlowe, the cynical drinking PI.

Trouble is my business. A rich man hires Marlowe to keep his good-for-nothing son from getting married to a woman whose sole interest in him is his money. This happens to be the first appearance of famous PI who is slightly rough around the edges and really likes the say the title phrase. Several dead bodies, corrupt policemen, organized crime bossed and their thugs keep things from getting slowing down.
Mar 28, 2009 Barney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think a review of the book would be pointless. Just know that this is one of the true headwaters of the River Noir.

Anyone who reads Chandler would be well served to get a copy containing Chandler's own introduction (written around 1950) where he looks back at the pulps - which he refers to in the past tense even though they had about 10 more years left in them fighting for rack space -and discusses the transformation of the genre from the mostly British in style iterations to the fully Ameri
Of course I love this, it being a collection of four short stories which were later cannibalized for Chandler's novels, but I admit I wanted it to be longer. The Simple Art of Murder had more stories and a bit more variety, so I definitely prefer it to this, but still, this was a good selection of short stories. Almost nothing outside of Chandler's works makes me imagine scenes in my head so vividly, or to laugh out loud at the sarcasm. I pretty much was laughing every few minutes while reading ...more
May 16, 2013 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS. (various; this ed. 2006). Raymond Chandler. ****.
This is a collection of twelve short stories by Chandler that had previously been published in either “Black Mask” or “Dime Detective” between 1936 and 1939. They all involve the adventures of various private eyes, not all of whom are Philip Marlowe. While researching his stories on the internet, I was surprised at how many of these stories later became incorporated in one form or another into his novels. While he was doing
Elise Stone
Jun 16, 2013 Elise Stone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Raymond Chandler for the language. The way he uses words is akin to magic. The opening to his short story "Red Wind," which is found in this collection of four, is iconic in detective fiction:
There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife an
chosen as extra credit for class. I wanted to continue reading Chandler, might even become a completest!

I think these are some of the earlier stories which Chandler sort of made his name with before he came out with the limpid and inexhaustible "Big Sleep"...they are all Philip Marlowe stories and they sort of have that almost-there quality which you can see in some writer's early work...they have a style, a vision, but it's not quite realized yet. For some reason I take a lot of solace in read
Apr 10, 2013 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a lot of parody of this genre without actually having read much of the genre itself. To tell the truth, I had fun. Things may not really change much for Marlowe in any of the stories, but there is a tangible thrill to reading. I'm not sure I'd go looking for any more, but I did like these stories.
Mar 19, 2015 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

It took me a few years living in Georgia to realize just how much California is in my bones. I grew up a Midwesterner but then spent 14 crucial years – 1995-2009, or age 22 to 36 – on the West Coast. I never made a conscious decision to self-identify as a Californian, but after living in the Atlanta area for a couple years I suddenly realized just how much my time in California had shaped my personality. And now, even though I’ve been in the South for nearly six years, no author takes
Cathy DuPont
A collection of four short stories (which I love by the way) I just couldn't get into these except maybe one. This was due probably more my lack of concentration rather than the story or writing because Chandler's as good as ever. I shouldn't read when I have other stuff on my mind so I'm putting this aside to read again another time.

One story did stand out more than the other three but all in all, Chandler's at his noir best with the bad women being really bad and same with the men. They all s
Erik Erickson
I really enjoyed this. It's really a treat to drink from THE source of classic detective pulp fiction. I haven't read Dashiel Hammett, but if he's as essential as Chandler claims in his forward, their work must be the pinnacle of the genre.

This is not my first detective novel. I took a circuitous route to Chandler starting with several of John Schwartzwelder's spoofs of the genre, and from there went to Jonathan Lethem's Gun, With Occasional Music and and an anonymous pulp tome. All are excelle
Feb 11, 2014 Edgar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had read Chandler in translations, but I see now they were very deficient. Marlowe's contemplative sarcasm and not-give-a-fuck-ness were lost. And that style is extremely important--is what makes these quintessentially noir stories not only genre-founding, but very fun to read. An extremely rare combination.
Steven Vaughan-Nichols
Somehow I managed to not read this collection of Philip Marlowe short stories. I'm glad I finally have. While the last is a bit weak, all of them are fine examples of noir fiction and I quite enjoyed them.
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Mar 29, 2016 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can never resist the siren call of Raymond Chandler. In my opinion, his work defines the noir genre of mysteries. It just doesn't get any better. Trouble is My Business is a collection of four short stories - Trouble is My Business, Finger Man, Goldfish, and Red Wind - that are classic Chandler. Rife with 50s slang and the most stripped-down descriptions imaginable, each is a the literary equivalent of a shot of scotch. The kind that leaves you feeling like you've had a mouthful of campfire sm ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Trouble Is My Business” is a collection of four stories featuring Philip Marlow: They are “Trouble Is My Business”, “Finger Man”, “Goldfish” and “Red Wind”. However, there are at least two other anthologies under this name. One is substantially longer with a total of 12 stories of varying lengths, the last four of which are the items above. The other is a Penguin paperback collection of five pieces. Of the four above, “Finger Man” is not included, but two addirional pieces are--“I’ll Be Waiting ...more
Raymond Chandler - one of the fountainheads of hardboiled/noir fiction - once gave the following advice:
“In writing a novel, when in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns.”

I didn't expect him to adhere to it so strictly. This book contains four sly P.I. short stories, mainly about schemes by men smoking cigars behind mahogany desks, lined with hard policemen and unexpected stiffs.

They're tense, tough-talking stories for pulp magazines to be gulped down in a read or two and taking
Jun 20, 2016 Emmett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Short but satisfying offerings of quintessential Chandler flavour: smoky noir, gritty streets, hard punches, smart talking a la Marlowe. Chandler is remarkable for his tireless energy, his unique, ineffable narrative voice that is part wit, part romanticism, shop-soiled and chivalrous. Every story is differently plotted, but is unmistakably his, variations on themes, voice and all, and so much better for it.
Matthew Budman
Jan 15, 2016 Matthew Budman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A generally sparkling collection of five 1930s short stories that (more or less) predate Chandler's landmark first novel, The Big Sleep, and feature protagonists other than the iconic Philip Marlowe (though the author changed a couple of them to Marlowe in future anthologies). They're not even all private dicks! Trouble… is a treat for any Chandler fan, even if the stories have fewer drop-dead-brilliant metaphors and must-read-out-loud descriptive passages per page than the novels do. The longis ...more
Mark Birchall
Oct 29, 2014 Mark Birchall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although not a lover of short stories I found these a must read as is anything by chandler. Private eyes , femme fatales, booze, guns, murder, mayhem,torture,fist fights, car chases,snappy dialogue . Can't beat it just read it ! Great hard boiled dirty noir from the best in the business .
Dharia Scarab
Mar 19, 2015 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
James Falconi
Dec 20, 2014 James Falconi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raymond Chandler’s hardboiled detective style of dialog and narrative / description can be a little overwrought and/or a little corny at worst. At best, it is full of fresh language that creates vivid images in the mind. Chandler doles out similes and metaphors like a PPA officer hoping to make some new friends in court as well as oodles of period slang. Also, there’s a lot of casual drinking in these stories. If you’re looking for a good book to pair with some whiskey, look no further. If you’r ...more
Adam Graham
Nov 05, 2014 Adam Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trouble is My Business collects four Philip Marlowe novellas written by Raymond Chandler. The stories were originally published in magazines such as the Black Mask with other detective heroes but were rewritten with Marlowe as the hero after the character became popular. However, other than that, the stories remained essentially the same. While Chandler thought he could improve on his Black Mask stories, he found that trying to do so destroyed them, so essentially we had the stories in their ori ...more
Jonathan Moore
Dec 10, 2014 Jonathan Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A sign jutting over the dirty sidewalk said: ‘Smoke Shop,’ and in small letters underneath, as if it hoped nobody was looking, ‘Pool’
I went in past a rack of gaudy magazines and a cigar showcase that had flies inside it...
...I sat on a stool and a hard-eyed bald-headed man behind the counter got up from a chair, wiped his hands on a thick grey apron, showed me a gold tooth.
‘A little rye,’ I said. ‘Know anybody that keeps goldfish?’
‘Yeah,’ he said. ‘No.’
He poured something behind the coun
Larry Piper
Jul 14, 2016 Larry Piper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We have four novelettes or short novellas plus an rather interesting introduction by Raymond Chandler himself, musing on the genre of hard-boiled detective fiction, which thrived in the 20s through 50s in pulp magazines. These four stories themselves had appeared previously in one of the pulps. Ah...lovely pulp fiction.

Trouble is My Business [26 June 2016] [originally from Dime Detective; August, 1939]

Philip Marlowe is hired by a less mobile P.I. to solve a rich man's problem. It seems that th
Rob Messenger
Jun 20, 2016 Rob Messenger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An up-side of growing old(er); you forget books you have read (and enjoyed) so you read them again...just as good the second time, too...
The edition I own of this anthology compiling Philip Marlowe's earliest adventures, a few being rewritten stories originally featuring his first incarnation John Dalmas, includes a foreword that Raymond Chandler wrote much later in which he reflects on his place in the crime genre's history and its state in general. Specifically, Chandler describes how he through Dashiell Hammett before him saw the potential for psychological depth, social criticism and examination of moral grey areas in a genre ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The collection of short stories that I read with the title, Trouble is my business included the title story, red wind, I'll be waiting, goldfish and guns at Cyrano's. The hero in Trouble is my business was definitely one of the harder Chandler heroes, less prone to drink and without the weaknesses of some of his others. He treats his employer with contempt and manages to sort his way through murder after murder. Red wind, saw the same protagonist, John Dalmas, but softer with a more lyrical firs ...more
Feb 07, 2009 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My edition is twelve stories. The first eight stories do not involve Philip Marlowe, though characters and plots from the stories ended up in several Marlowe novels. They are full of alcohol and cigarettes, murder, guns, and betrayal. The last four were Marlowe stories and, if the first were good reads, the Marlowe stories are completely satisfying. Marlowe is just a bit tougher, a bit quicker with his tongue, a bit luckier with the ladies.

"You are not being impertinent, I hope."
"Hope is what
Patrick O'Neil
Jul 30, 2010 Patrick O'Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trouble Is My Business: four short stories, all pure Raymond Chandler. Unlike The Simple Art of Murder this collection feels right. Like an editor picked the best of Chandler's earlier work to showcase in this reissue. The stories are Philip Marlowe doing what he does best – stumbling through hard cases and somehow coming out scathed but alive. In one he even makes a buck or two – which is something that always drives me crazy, as Marlowe never seems to be able to collect a fee for all his har ...more
Χρήστος Καψάλης
Ένας Raymond Chandler στα καλύτερά του. Trouble is my business. Η ιστορία γράφεται τον Αύγουστο του 1939 και δημοσιεύεται στο Dime Detective. Είναι το δεύτερο περιοδικό με το οποίο συνεργάζεται στενά ο Chandler μετά το Black Mask. Τον ίδιο χρόνο εκδίδεται το πρώτο του βιβλίο “The Big Sleep” και ο Ray κατακτά την αιωνιότητα.

Στο διήγημα όπως εκδόθηκε το 1939 ο ντετέκτιβ είναι ο Τζον Ντάλμας. Στην επανέκδοσή του το 1950 στη συλλογή “The simple act of murder”, πρωταγωνιστής είναι πια ο θρυλικός Φίλι
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Raymond Thornton Chandler was an American novelist and screenwriter.

In 1932, at age forty-four, Raymond Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Depression. His first short story, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot", was published in 1933 in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. In
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