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The Lady in the Lake (Philip Marlowe)

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Derace Kingsley's wife ran away to Mexico to get a quickie divorce and marry a Casanova-wannabe named Chris Lavery. Or so the note she left her husband insisted. Trouble is, when Philip Marlowe asks Lavery about it he denies everything and sends the private investigator packing with a flea lodged firmly in his ear. But when Marlowe next encounters Lavery, he's denying noth ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 7th 1992 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK) (first published 1943)
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Paul Bryant
Raindrops on strippers and crisp apple gunshots
Bright copper floozies and warm woolly whatnots,
Muscular gentlemen tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in bikinis with breathtaking lipstick
Slayed belles on gurneys as fast talking dicks quip
Silverwhite cocaine and fabulous bling
These are a few of my favourite thing

Finding those corpses with wide ugly gashes
And no nose at all and not many eyelashes
And Chandler and Marlowe and slightly left wings
These are a few of my favou
David Gustafson
Jul 21, 2015 David Gustafson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have decided to take a break from my usual obsession with history to take a deep plunge into several of the classic noir detective novels by Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett. A few of these will be re-reads.
Why noir? America is even divided between two fanatical ideologies so I guess the noir genre suits my cynical nature as an outcast, literary hermit who despises the hypocritical dishonesty and corruption of both political franchises as well as the obedient myrmidons i
Dan Schwent
A rich man hires Phillip Marlowe to find his wife. The trail leads to a resort town and another dead woman. Where is Crystal Kingsley? And who killed Muriel Chess? And what did Chris Lavery or Dr. Almore have to do with it?

The Lady in the Lake is a tale of lies, double crosses, cheating woman, murder, and a shop-soiled Galahad named Phillip Marlowe caught in the middle of it. Chander and Marlowe set the standards for slick-talking detectives for generations to come and Marlowe is in fine form in
May 13, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering silmite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king!

Dennis: Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government! Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!

The fact that I can't resist a Monty Python quote aside, the titu
Jun 23, 2014 Evgeny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rich man asked Philip Marlowe to find his missing wife who presumably ran away to Mexico to get a divorce, but disappeared since then. The search quickly led the private detective to a dead body of another woman with seemingly no connection to the first one, except for them being neighbors. The number of dead bodies rapidly increases as Marlowe tries to get to the bottom of a very complicated mystery while dodging cold-blooded killers, corrupted cops (the level of corruption in Bay City seems ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Lady in the Lake (Philip Marlowe, #4), Raymond Chandler
عنوان: بانوی دریاچه؛ نویسنده: ریموند چندلر؛ مترجم: کاوه میرعباسی؛ تهران، طرح نو، 1378؛ در 280 ص؛ شابک: 9645625653؛ چاپ دوم 1389؛ شابک: 9789645625656؛ موضوع: داستانهای پلیسی از نویسندگان امریکایی - ماجراهای فلیپ مارلو کتاب 4 - قرن 20 م
Apr 01, 2014 Brandon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, noir, ebook, 2014
"Police business," he said almost gently, "is a hell of a problem. It's a good deal like politics. It asks for the highest type of men, and there’s nothing in it to attract the highest type of men . So we have to work with what we get— and we get things like this."

A man’s wife is missing and Philip Marlowe is hired to find her. When his search leads him to the discovery of a different dead woman, the self-proclaimed "Murder-A-Day Marlowe" has questions and by God, people are going to answer them
May 18, 2011 Tfitoby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-as-night
Marlowe but not as I remember him.

I generally love Chandler's style and specifically love Marlowe as a wise-cracking hard-boiled PI but for me there was something not up to speed with this book.

Aside from the fact that I knew exactly how the narrative would play out thanks to the mighty obvious use of the genre staple of portraits and doubles meaning every incident in between felt like a lazy attempt at placing red herrings there was so little in the way of great dialogue and internal monologue
Jun 04, 2011 Darwin8u rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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 >&g ...more
Jul 30, 2012 Mish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mish by: Michael
I came to reading this book because I needed something to read for my Literary Exploration challenge, Hardboiled genre. Never having read this type of genre before, I had refer to my bookish friend, Michael Kitto, for help. He recommended The Lady in the Lake as an introduction too the well known and respected Private Investigator, Philip Marlowe, and to this genre. I can see from several reviews that this was a very popular choice for first timers like me.

In this book Marlowe was employed by a
Nov 26, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brenda by: Michael
Private Investigator Philip Marlowe was hired by Derace Kingsley to find his missing wife, Crystal – she had been missing for a month after contacting him from their cabin via telegram to say she was going to divorce him and marry Chris Lavery. Kingsley was concerned enough to want her found – Marlowe started his investigation not realizing how deeply he would become involved, how many webs would wind their way throughout quite a number of lives.

With a little help from a country sheriff by the n
Mohammad Ali

مهمترین ویژگی این داستان که فراموش نشدنیه، میزان کشش اونه. من هر بار که می خواستم خوندن بقیه شو بندازم برای فردا باید خودمو ازش می کندم. و این برای هر نویسنده یه موفقیته. نمی تونم بگم همه ی نظریات مارلو یا حرفاش در مورد رد این یا اون نظریه به دلم - و مهمتر به عقلم - نشست اما موقعیت های واقعی و انسانی داستان و لحن خودمونی و طنزآمیزش - حداقل تا اون حدی که در ترجمه منتقل شده بود - اصلا نمی ذاشت با داستان حس غریبگی کنی - برخلاف امثال شرلوک هلمز. این رو باید اذعان کنم که داستان دیگه خیلی قتل تو قتل ش
Jul 26, 2012 Steffan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book now three times in as many months. More times in as many years. The first time I read it, years ago, I was nineteen. Much older now, I had to come back with a different perspective and try to see what Raymond Chandler was really up to. Entertaining the reader wasn't the point. Sending Marlowe into another violent beat down, like some of the other books, wasn't the point. Chasing down the mystery man, or woman, wasn't the point either.

I can say this. Raymond Chandler, for thos
Maria João Fernandes
"Chandler escreve como se a dor doesse e a vida importasse."

A "Dama do Lago" conta-nos mais uma história com Philip Marlowe. Tudo começa quando o detetive privado é contratado para encontrar uma pessoa desaparecida. Contudo, o que começa por parecer um caso como muitos outros, revela-se numa série de crimes relacionados entre si.

Os crimes descritos neste livro são cometidos pelo mesmo tipo de pessoas que os comentem na vida real. O enredo é surrealmente real: os criminosos usam armas. A verdade
Nancy Oakes

Cutting right to the chase, the fourth novel in Chandler's Marlowe series begins with a missing wife. Degrace Kingsley, a businessman in the perfume business, hires Marlowe to find his wife Crystal. Although they'd been "washed up for years," Kingsley needs Marlowe to find her to make sure she hasn't done anything scandalous to reflect back on him. The last time he knew Crystal's actual whereabouts was a month earlier, when she was staying at their cabin up at at Little Fawn Lake at Puma Point.
Another case for Marlowe. A runaway wife, a telegram to the wealthy husband Kingsley, saying Am crossing to get Mexican divorce stop Will marry Chris stop Good luck and goodbye crystal. The man doesn't really want her back, just wants to know where she is to ensure there is no scandal that will rub off on him. At the cabin in the mountains, Marlowe's investigation leads him Kingsley's alcoholic caretaker. His wife has disappeared too. Too much of a coincidence? Maybe.

This is a somewhat convolute
Nov 01, 2012 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Lady in the Lake is my least favorite of the Raymond Chandler's I've read (behind The Long Goodbye; Farewell, my Lovely; and The Big Sleep) but that's a bit like saying, "This is the fourth largest lump of gold I've found in the river."

It's still gold, and it's still something you dredged up from a river. Not exactly a wedding band, but not a dirt pie either.

Despite what some other reviewers on here will suggest (too many Literature classes in college, I would suspect), Raymond Chandler was
Oct 18, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it
Recommended to Michael by: Crime Writers' Association's Top 100 Crime Novels
The Lady in the Lake is the tale of Private Detective Marlowe, who is hired to find a missing woman by her husband. Marlowe finds a woman dead in the lake of this couples cabin getaway, but it isn’t the same woman, it is the wife of the caretaker. With all his great detective skills, humor and wit; Marlowe attempts to uncover this mystery, with some interesting results.

I do have to admit, I’ve got a special place in my heart for all things written by Raymond Chandler; especially the Philip Marl
Nov 27, 2007 Timothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like film noir or mysteries
I'd never read Raymond Chandler. I always heard his name in comparison to Murakami, so I've been interested in reading one of his books for as long as I've been a Murakami fan.

This was so much fun to read mostly because Chandler's detective is witty and smart. He notices the small things and describes things in ways most people would never think of. Read the first chapter and decide for yourself. This book has a good, if not confusing, murder-mystery, but Chandler keeps it moving with the right
Nov 11, 2013 AC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
Good, solid Chandler. Maturity of craft, but not quite as taut as High Window, and a large piece of the puzzle was obvious almost from the outset. Still, excellent book. The characterization is particularly rich and well done.
Apr 11, 2011 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 1940s
Thanks to this book I woke up this morning with my eyelids feeling like two well licked stamps. I was trying to keep myself to five chapters a day, but last night I bolted the thing in a wee-hour biblio-binge. My head's throbbing now, but it was worth it. The Lady in the Lake (1943) is just about as good as Chandler gets, almost as good as The Big Sleep, but for different reasons. Chandler's first Marlowe novel is all about style and character; the plot weaves all over the road, making it unlike ...more
Jason Coleman
Jan 13, 2009 Jason Coleman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes when I read Chandler I wish he could have found a way to break out of the formula and really let his imagination loose—just let all the poetry and over-too-soon bit parts fill the page. He seems more interested in everything else than the so-called plot. On the other hand, maybe he hit it just right. The weirdness that is so compelling on the periphery of his writing might fall apart under the harsh light of center stage.

Chandler's passing-glance encounters always have the quality of r
Apr 19, 2011 meeners rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
the reason why i like the hardboiled mystery genre so much (despite the rampant misogyny, class biases, race biases, etc.) is that it is a genre wholly defined by and understood through style. the hardboiled world is above all a deliberately fictional one, a world found only on the page, and as such its appeal is not necessarily in the facts of the case or the personality of the detective but in the narration of these things.

i think chandler's at his best when the narrative point of reference is
Aug 08, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raymond Chandler is not only one of the finest writers in the English language but he's the gold standard for detective fiction. This novel is certainly no exception delivering a twisty and constantly surprising plot, deftly drawn and endlessly fascinating characters and, of course, perfect pacing and suspense. It's even the perfect length. Chandler manages to be sincere and sarcastic at the same time, can deliver irony in plain and simple fact and does dialogue (spoken and unspoken) like nobody ...more
Joseph Duncan
Sep 09, 2012 Joseph Duncan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the plot seemed overly intricate at times, I enjoyed the mystery, the settings and the characters. Raymond Chandler has a prose style that somehow manages to be very concise and very descriptive at the same time. His character, Philip Marlowe, is an endearingly crusty and deceptively brilliant private detective. I enjoyed the subtle, and not so subtle, ways in which Marlowe solved the mystery and steered the guilty parties toward a fitting punishment, and I very much enjoyed the witty b ...more
Jan 19, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beloved
Marlowe in the mountains. Sigh.

Cool, smooth, and impossible to put down. Knocked it back in a mere 24 hours.
Apr 16, 2017 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chandler's everyman Marlowe is summoned by an executive looking for his wayward wife. Written in the early 40's, the tale revolves around this Jezebel; a shady doctor who has lost his wife, too; a dangerous detective in a small town, and mistaken identities.

The P.I. is not the brightest guy around, but his stubbornness and bulldog tenacity, while not saving him the bumps and bruises, enable him to persevere the darker corners of society. Good noir whodunit.
D.H. Jonathan
Apr 14, 2017 D.H. Jonathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've seen some of the film noirs made from the Philip Marlowe books, The Big Sleep with Humphrey Bogart, Farewell My Lovely, etc., and I used to watch the 1980s HBO Philip Marlowe series with Powers Boothe. But it is always good to go back to the original novels just to see why they are so well regarded. I got The Lady in the Lake because it was the only Raymond Chandler book on the shelves at The Last Word Bookstore in Fort Worth at the time. It is a classic of the private eye mystery genre.
Alan Taylor
Dec 09, 2016 Alan Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it is safe to say that Raymond Chandler was not an Agatha Christie fan. In 'The Simple Art of Murder' he criticises contrived plot driven mysteries - "M. Poirot decides that nobody on a certain through sleeper could have done the murder alone, therefore everybody did it together, breaking the process down into a series of simple operations, like assembling an egg-beater. This is the type that is guaranteed to knock the keenest mind for a loop. Only a halfwit could guess it." Chandler wro ...more
Feb 28, 2014 Troy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
I've been reading Chandler and watching Game of Thrones. I need both. Both are about duplicity, survival, and maneuvering through power; maneuvering both through the small power of the violent individual, and the extended and deadly control of the powerful. Chandler's stories have a roughly moral center in Philip Marlowe. He's not much of a moral center, but he's close enough in a world of masks, in a world of moral uncertainty, in a world were bad timing can end in death. He rejects power.

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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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Philip Marlowe (8 books)
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