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Farewell, My Lovely (Philip Marlowe #2)

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Marlowe's about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a ring of jewel thieves, another murder, a fortune-teller, a couple more murders, and more corruption than your average graveyard.
Paperback, 292 pages
Published August 1992 by Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (first published 1940)
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Dec 04, 2013 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Definitely my favorite Chandler, beating out The Big Sleep by a star and more than a dozen memorable lines. This book is absolutely soaking in quotables and may have the best prose of any noir I’ve ever read. Add in a classic main character and a solid plot and you have a nice shiny bundle of win.


Chandler’s iconic PI is an arrogant alcoholic who fails every PC test you can formulate. He’s racist (from what I recall he insults African-Americans, Japanese and Native Americans and m
Dan Schwent
Jan 23, 2012 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philip Marlowe is looking for a woman's missing husband when he encounters Moose Malloy, a brute fresh out of prison, looking for his lost love Velma. Moose kills a man and Marlowe gets corralled into looking for the missing Velma. In the mean time, Marlowe gets another gig as a bodyguard and soon winds up with a corpse for a client. Will Marlowe find Velma and get to the bottom of things?

As I've said before, noir fiction and I go together like chronic constipation and heroin addiction. Farewell
Dec 06, 2015 KOHEY.Y. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
First of all I'm so partial to R.Chandler's books that I'd easily give only the titles three stars,and this gem is definitely a five-star title.
Apart from this sentimental love-and-hate story,I’m ALWAYS impressed by the characters speaking like they carry a book of wit and humor,to the point that I’ll start picking up sharp-edged setences from here and add them to my daily conversation.
The plot is a bit comlicated with rugged and overused narrative and minor parts,but the main irresistible chara
James Thane
It's impossible to think of anything that might be remotely fresh and interesting to say about this book. It's a classic of crime fiction; it was first published in 1940, and it's been reviewed thousands of times, mostly by people far more competent than I.

Suffice it to say that this is the second full-length novel featuring Los Angeles detective Philip Marlowe, following The Big Sleep, which had been published in 1939. Marlowe was the prototype for all the tough, wise-cracking P.I.s that would
Phillip Marlowe is one of the most famous and influential characters in detective fiction. He’s also a racist alcoholic, and after all the blows to the head he routinely takes, he’s almost certainly suffering from post-concussion syndrome so you gotta question his judgment.

But he’s also the guy that says things like this:

"It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window."

And this:

"He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food cake."

And t
Jun 10, 2014 Evgeny rated it it was amazing
During a boring routine case Philip Marlowe stumbles upon a huge (really huge) guy dressed the way which would make any peacock die of jealousy. He seems to be looking for a long-lost girlfriend doing this with a grace and persistence of a charging rhinoceros. Marlowe decides to stick with the guy having nothing better to do and as a result he keeps getting high level of entertainment, noir fashion: he gets shot at, people use his head for a drum set to knock him out, and tough guys try to beat ...more
Jun 05, 2007 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I wish I had Lauren Bacall's looks and a mouth as salty as Phillip Marlowe's. The characters are such great throw backs to the days when men were Men and women were Dames. Chandler's writing is amazingly rich for this genre and the plot lines are just convoluted enough to keep you guessing. Phillip Marlowe is a great faceted character which contrasts nicely against the one-dimensional villains, cops and women who populate the stories. If authors like Sue Grafton are the gummi bears of the genre ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Brandon rated it it was amazing
“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. I put them on and went out of the room.”

While working a missing persons case, Detective Philip Marlowe finds himself drawn into a murder investigation. Jailbird Moose Malloy knocks off the proprietor of a local watering hole in his pursuit of a gal named Velma. While assisting the cops in hunting him down, Marlowe backs off the case when he realizes he
Some dithering on my part between 4 and 5 stars—but I am going for 5 because I so enjoyed the reading experience.

I fear that I will repeat myself a lot from my review of The Big Sleep. Chandler’s writing is awesome—very expressive, yet very spare. Each novel is a complete joy, but not padded with anything extra. Occasional, brief descriptions of surroundings paint a full picture with very few strokes. His vocabulary choices are spot on. A delight to read.

I very much receive the impression that P
Nancy Oakes
After reading two of his novels now, I'm beginning to like Raymond Chandler much more for his writing than for his plots. For anyone who thinks crime fiction has no place in the literary world, the Marlowe novels might make you change your mind. Chandler's an amazing writer when it comes to social commentary, the similes, metaphors and the sharp, electric prose he's famous for, and of course, his superb depiction of the city of angels of the 1940s that is so lifelike you almost feel that you're ...more
"Even on Central Avenue, not the quietest dressed street in the world, he looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food."

I'm gonna admit right up front that the fourth star of my rating comes entirely from Raymond Chandler and his way with words. Nobody knew how to turn a phrase like good old Ray-Ray. I mean, what a guy. What a kick he must have been at parties.

I don't normally read books for language alone. I'm an emotional reader, and my emotions tend to be tickled by c
K.D. Absolutely
Oct 18, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books (Thriller)
It took me awhile before I was able to grasp what the story was all about. I was expecting this to be a noir but basically it was a like a Sherlock Holmes short story expanded to a novel. And for that reason, despite my failed expectation, I liked this book.

The language is quite old. This is because the setting is in Los Angeles during the 20's and the characters belong to the city's dark underworld, i.e., nightlife, crimes, drugs, murder. Racial discrimination is still rampant. The murder of a
I have read two books in the Marlowe series so far and I love them both. But this book had a personally touch to it. I felt intrigued, captivated and amused by this unconventional character that by the time I finished Farewell My Lovely, I could only see Marlowe as a real person come to life, rather than a fictional character.

This case was a serious and dangerous one for Marlowe, HE was the one being targeted. It started when an escaped convict, looking for his girlfriend dragged Marlowe into a
A victory of style if ever there was one. Immersed in the beauty of his prose, the way in which he presents his world, the timing of his humour, one scarcely notices the storyline, and I use that word advisedly.

As it happened, style's been uppermost in my mind lately while editing a friend's autobiographical ms. In her attempt to find her style she has resorted to a heavy-handed use of The Rhetorical Comma. Eventually they began to enrage me. I pictured lining them up in front of a firing squad
Krok Zero
Sep 13, 2010 Krok Zero rated it really liked it
Shelves: before-goodreads
Jan 15, 2010 Nikki rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, crime
Raymond Chandler's writing remains the absolute best thing about this book. It lends a lot of character to Philip Marlowe who, in the hands of another writer, wouldn't be nearly so interesting. It's funny reading Chandler and realising that a lot of books I've read before were influenced by him. There's racism and misogyny and it's kind of like a time capsule from times and places I'll never see, but what I read it for is the writing style: the crisp images, the lack of cliche, the precise choic ...more
Jul 22, 2014 RandomAnthony rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-noir
Farewell, My Lovely is my second Chandler. While I liked The Big Sleep I think the former is better. This novel's keyed me into how and where Chandler crosses that magic line between literature and the forgettable books lining the Mystery section shelves.

Farewell, My Lovely's storyline is solid but secondary to Chandler's whip-smart dialogue and top-notch inner monologues. Marlowe is less of a dick (I don't mean private detective) here, but he's not, well, hugging people or whatever. He goes de
Sep 16, 2014 Aubrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as The Long Goodbye; it did a very good job as a hardboiled detective story, but didn't do much else. It is a very well-crafted crime novel with an amazing plot, and Philip Marlowe was as beautifully cunning and resourceful as he always is. Unfortunately, I am too easily wearied by mystery plots and characters who are never off their game. I enjoyed all of Marlowe's banter, but really, it gets boring when he's all 'oh I know exactly what I'm doing all the time aren't I amazing' and d ...more
Samantha Glasser
Jul 03, 2014 Samantha Glasser rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, pulps, fiction
Raymond Chandler creates a world of grime and crime in his second novel Farewell, My Lovely. Protagonist and private detective Phillip Marlowe falls into a case when he's taken into an old nightclub with a large ex-con named Moose Malloy. Malloy is looking for his girl Velma, but it seems that the place has been taken under new ownership. Malloy winds up killing a man there, unable to control his temper, but that isn't Marlowe's only trouble. He goes along for the ride on a jewelry ransom deal w ...more
Jan 10, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it
Shelves: noir
Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

I read 'Farewell, My Lovely' recently & it's my first reading of this second novel by Chandler to feature his private eye, Phillip Marlowe. I've read a couple of Chandler's novels before, most recently, I re-read 'The Big Sleep', which I first read some 30+ years ago. His novels seem to improve with age. The age of the reader, that is. Or at least, that is my experience. More about that later in this review.

Briefly, I'd like to touch on Raymond Chandle
Nick Iuppa
Feb 21, 2016 Nick Iuppa rated it it was amazing
FAREWELL MY LOVELY is Raymond Chandler’s intricate, intriguing masterpiece set in 1930s Los Angeles where no one seems to mind that it’s 100 degrees and there’s no air conditioning. Private detective, Phillip Marlow gets mixed up with a complex diamond stealing scam, shady cops, sadistic mystics, a jumbo ex-con, and of course a gorgeous, noir-mystery blond. You know the type: “a blond to make a bishop kick in a stained glass window.” And there’s the point right there. It’s not the crafty plot, t ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
Chandler is simply a joy to read. He’s the standard to which all other crime fiction writers are held. He’s a good model for all writers, if you ask me. If you don’t like it, you don’t like the genre. Every page is brimming with mood, setting and great dialogue. I like how he carefully describes each character as they are introduced, and he paints each scene remarkably well. I once told my kids that a great book can conjure up such vivid images in your head that it’s as if you’re watching a movi ...more
Apr 27, 2010 Rauf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
The main story was this: Moose Malloy was looking for the girl he loved, Velma. In the penultimate chapter he found her. But things didn't go well at the reunion. In between? Oh there was a fake psychic. Dirty cops. A crooked shrink. And a few murders being done.

If you were not a fan of those type of stories, this book is worth a try because it had these lines:

The voice of the hot dog merchant split the dusk like an axe.

I like smooth shiny girls, hardboiled and loaded with sin.

I thought his pea
Mar 12, 2016 Francis rated it really liked it
A long time ago, recently divorced looking for a way to kill time I wandered into a bookshop with nothing in mind other than to find something to kill a few hours of time. I looked at the back of a Chandler book and read the line "he writes like a slumming angel". I had no idea what that meant but it sounded good at the time. I went home started turning the pages and got outside of my head. I was walking the streets of Los Angeles, watching black sedans with chrome bumpers and bright headlights ...more
Caro M.
Jan 15, 2015 Caro M. rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
Now don't get me wrong - only 3 stars here are because I read this like ages ago, and I am sure I liked it, other way I wouldn't remember the title. But you can beat me with a stick and I still won't tell you what it was about... So yeah, I liked it, but not enough to remember.
I have no idea why I read this, it was extremely disappointing and I did the audio book equivalent of skimming for the last 1/4 of the book. I had no interest in any part of the story: all the characters were unsympathetic (and all the female characters were horrible and poorly put together and "kiss me now!":ish and UGH!!), all the witty things (I think there was supposed to be some wit? not sure) fell terribly flat and the plot was a mess. Audible's Daily Deals are perhaps as cheap as they are ...more
May 04, 2016 Zozetta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Νομίζω ένα από τα καλύτερα βιβλία του Τσάντλερ στον οποίο, δεν θα το κρύψω, έχω μεγάλη αδυναμία και τον θεωρώ, μαζί με τον Χάμετ και τον Έλροϋ, "μάστορα" του είδους (νουάρ). Αγάπησα το είδος από τις ταινίες και αυτό με οδήγησε στα βιβλία και, ως συνήθως, παρόλο που οι ταινίες του είδους είναι πολλές φορές μαγικές, το βιβλίο ήταν πάντα καλύτερο.

Σφιχτοδεμένη πλοκή, δεν σε αφήνει να πάρεις ανάσα. Το βιβλίο, γεμάτο αλληγορίες και ένα ιδιότυπο χιούμορ, που προσωπικά με έκανε πολλές φορές να γελάσω ή
Joe Barlow
Feb 28, 2014 Joe Barlow rated it really liked it
Raymond Chandler's second novel, the highly regarded follow-up to The Big Sleep, continues the adventures of world-weary private investigator Philip Marlowe and his best friend, booze.

As much as I loved Marlowe's first adventure (bewildering as the plot might have been), Farewell, My Lovely is a slightly tougher book to adore. Although Chandler's gifts for description and characterization are just as sharp as they were the first time, Marlowe himself is less fun to spend time with. He's become
Ian Tregillis
Apr 04, 2012 Ian Tregillis rated it liked it
Oh, man, do I love me some Raymond Chandler. If I had a dime for every time the prose in this book rocked me on my heels, I'd have enough for a cup of coffee. (And not a cheapo 1940 cup of coffee, either. Something that came out of a polished chrome machine, with a name ending in "-cino".)

Although this is only the second Philip Marlowe novel, it's nearly the last for me. Each Marlowe novel is a gem, a delightful little gem, but Chandler only wrote 7 of them (not counting short story collections,
Chandler has this wonderful way of tossing seemingly unrelated incidents or even cases in Marlowe's path and slowly showing his tenacious detective find the links and connections between those incidents, like an island chain that, deep on the ocean floor, is really all part of the same land mass.

The first incident happens right away, when Marlowe accidentally crosses paths with a guy named Malloy who's just out of prison after eight years and is looking for a woman named Velma, a singer he's sti
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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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“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. I put them on and went out of the room.” 177 likes
“It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.” 165 likes
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