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Killer In The Rain
Raymond Chandler
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Killer In The Rain

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,000 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
From the master of American detective novels comes this riveting short story collection. In his early works, Chandler laid the groundwork for his signature character, the legendary Philip Marlowe. The hero of such novels as the Big Sleep, and Farewell, My Lovely takes center stage in the gripping stories in this series.
Published by Ballantine Books (first published 1935)
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Jul 30, 2014 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of short stories most of which were later developed into Philip Marlowe novels. As such I strongly recommend reading them after you are done with Philip Marlowe.

As an example I will talk about the title story. It is easily recognizable as a base for classic novel The Big Sleep. The main character of the story is a nameless PI (I looked through the story twice to make sure the guy is really nameless). His client is different: Philip Marlowe had a wealthy handicapped General w
Raymond Chandler's work is always worth reading, so I picked this up in my local indie bookshop when I was somewhat at a loss. The story from Killer in the Rain is essentially the one he uses in The Big Sleep, but here you can read it without all the elaborations, which makes it a bit more focused and easy to understand.

Mostly, though, I read Chandler for his use of language, and he does not disappoint in this short story.
Nov 30, 2015 Brendan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe not fair to the book since I picked this up during a reading slump when nothing was really working for me. One of those books that I thought I liked more than I did. Which is to say, I would read a story, think, "that was pretty good," and then put the book down for four days without ever thinking of picking it up again. It's fine, I guess, just not compelling. I do have to say for as much as people praise Chandler's prose style, I found it a bit tough to get through. So heavy on the 30's ...more
Jan 18, 2009 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
A collection of eight stories not previously reprinted, because Chandler had re-used much of the material in later novels (for some reason, he felt compelled to abandon material that had been thus "cannibalized") (according to the Introduction). So readers of his novels will notice extremely familiar elements in many of these stories. Now, Chandler is one of those amazing writers who lies in the background of a lot of later fiction - especially detective fiction - in part because of his material ...more
Aug 13, 2008 Maureen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Including the story in the title, there are eight short stories in this collection. Two of my favorites, The Man Who Liked Dogs, and The Lady in the Lake are included here. Ray Chandler had an ear for dialogue, and a talent for description that grab the reader by the throat and march him off into shamus territory. Consider this little randomly-chosen gem:

"I pushed her back into the house without saying anything, shut the door. We stood looking at each other inside. She dropped her hand slowly an
Mazeli Dee
Feb 15, 2016 Mazeli Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice. The action is fast-paced. Para kang nanonood ng movie.

Early short story but it still has plenty of Chandler magic.

"He had a belted suede raincoat on. He tore it open carelessly and got out a wallet that was not quite as big as a bale of hay. Currency stuck out of it at careless angles. When he slapped it down on his knee it made a fat sound that was pleasant to the ear."
Nov 01, 2014 GONZA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raymond Chandler, che non ritengo abbia bisogno poi di cosí lunghe presentazioni, diciamo solo che assieme a Dashiel Hammett ha perfezionato quello che ormai da tanto viene chiamato il genere Hard Boiled, un poliziesco "non per signorine" dove il sesso e la violenza non vengono sfumati, ma raccontati. Niente di che, parliamo sempre degli anni 30/40, in confrontoa quello che si legge oggi sembra quasi che lo stile cosí noir sia una parodia di se stesso.
Raymond Chandler ha scritto un personaggio i
Mariano Hortal
Muy buena recopilación de relatos (dos de ellos del gran Marlowe) que vuelven a demostrar que el maestro lo era por algo, hasta en las distancias cortas: un orfebre capaz de hacer verdadera poesía del relato policíaco.
Nov 12, 2014 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marlowe, under different monikers, talks and fights and drives through Los Angeles in a time before history began.
I really like Chandler's style filled with 30's slang I can hardly understand, a tough corrupt detective and just a great Noir feelings of coolness. However, the story didn't really do it for me. I found it a bit confusing and not thrilling and at the end I still didn't fully get what had happened (again, maybe a few too many slang words I don't know).

I know I've read this before, about two years ago. The only thing that stayed with me was how creepy the guy who hired him is. Trying to get rid
This is an interesting look at the various iterations of plot development that an author can go through before creating a final major work. Killer in the Rain is a series of stories that Chandler "cannibalised" in his other novels, and refused to publish again during his lifetime, probably because they contain massive spoilers! I'm glad they were re-released posthumously, they are good stories in their own right. I'd advise not actually reading them unless you've already read the novels though, ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Ralph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When you're a struggling writer just starting out, it can be hell getting anything published, even if your stories are better than anything else on the market. When you become a "famous writer," editors are not only eager to publish your new stories but are willing to take a look at past efforts, even to publish novels based on what you previously wrote, but you still have control over what is and is not published. However, when you're a "great writer" who is now sleeping the big sleep, you lose ...more
Brad Wheeler
Call this 3.5 stars. The four stories in this collection were all fun stories, noir mysteries through and through. They're not usually my cup of tea, but I had a good time with this collection. Besides the guns, girls, car chases, and murders, they transported me back to the mid 30s, just after repeal, with all the attendant social conditions of living in the Great Depression. It was almost like history.

So why the lower grade? Two reasons: despite listening to this less than a month ago, I can't
Aug 29, 2008 D.M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: READERS!
Recommended to D.M. by: Robyn Hitchcock?
Even if you aren't a hard-boiled detective kinda reader, every bibliophile should have at least a little Chandler under their belt! I picked this up at a used stall in Sweden, for about a kronor I think (that's about 14 cents, American). Well worth several times that price.
This is a collection of several pulp stories from various sources: 'Killer in the Rain,' 'The Man Who Liked Dogs,' 'The Curtain,' 'Try the Girl,' 'Mandarin's Jade,' 'Bay City Blues,' 'The Lady in the Lake,' and 'No Crime in th
Feb 19, 2012 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd read both Killer in the Rain and the Big sleep before but the other short stories in this collection were new to me. I enjoyed it, though unfortunately the stories faded quite quickly from my mind. Things that stand out were the very brutal torture of a criminal (thankfully by a guy who turned out to be "the bad guy" and not a nice cop), one of the girls the guy had been searching for getting beaten up by the private dick at the end of the story so she could get away with murder, the fact th ...more
Aug 09, 2012 Kateri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-box-10
Unsatisfying. Collection of early novellas, a number of which were later reworked into far superior novels, with a different protagonist. I read the ones that were new stories to me. If this had been my first encounter with Chandler, I'm sure I'd have loved it - the writing is still excellent - but as familiar as I am with the much better later material, this felt dull.

"He looked like a bouncer who had come into money."

"I stared at the window, watched the rain hit it, flatten out, and slide down
Simon Mcleish
Feb 05, 2013 Simon Mcleish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in August 2003.

There is one official, authorised, collection of Raymond Chandler short stories, The Simple Art of Murder, and then there are the eight collected in Killer in the Rain. So why was Chandler against the re-publication of these stories (he was very unhappy when several of them appeared in other, unauthorised collections). They are all early, and the development of the famous Chandler style and of the character who eventually became Philip Marlowe
Victoria Mixon
Dec 04, 2010 Victoria Mixon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These are the eight stories from which Chandler crafted three of his novels: Farewell, My Lovely, The Big Sleep, and The Lady in the Lake. And they're wonderful, if slightly gorier than absolutely necessary. (Just like Hammett, as well as so very many aspiring writers today, early in his writing career Chandler mistook shock tactics for tension---he later amended this error.)

The thing is, I analyzed the plot of Farewell, My Lovely last spring and was surprised to discover it actually sucks. The
Dec 10, 2012 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raymond Chandler is just a master with words. I love the Marlowe novels and thus appreciated this novella, which is essentially a baby 'The Big Sleep'. It lacks quite a bit of the later novel's nuance; the female characters get a particularly bad deal. Throughout, they both seem to loll around practically insensible, giving the protagonist frequent opportunities to slap them in the face.

What struck me, though, was the ending, in which the unnamed proto-Marlowe heads off for a drink with his ally
Oct 06, 2008 Eddylee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't want to read The Big Sleep
so this is weird. i picked this story at random to help me get inspired to read my next book and then as soon as i was done i read some raymond chandler biographies (just some short introductions and such). those inspired me to read his first novel The Big Sleep. it was the strangest thing. it was a very similar plot (almost exact) and there were even direct verbatim passages in the short story. i didn't know that happened. the novel is definitely worth reading and the short story seems somewhat ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big Chandler fan but had only read the novels (and of course seen the movies). This is a collection of stories that originally appeared in the pulps and which Chandler did not authorize for publication during his lifetime because they had been "cannabalized" by him for his later novels. If you have read the novels you can definitely see where some of the plots and characters came from, but most interesting is the development of the PI character, how tightly constructed these stories are a ...more
Jan 11, 2008 Mairi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I revise my previous toothgrinding at Chandler and target it, instead, at that particular character. I liked this collection a lot.

The introduction tells us that the collection is mostly stories that Chandler re-worked into his novels. He opted to let them die and be reborn--changed and merged--in longer form rather than ever republish them after the release of the novels. On reading that, I had mixed feelings about the collection because it wasn't what he wanted. But I liked it. I liked seeing
Dean Tsang
I found Killer In The Rain to be eerily similar to Chandler's other book, The Big Sleep. I think this was because the protagonists had the same drinking habits, and I heard that some of it was actually recycled, so I wasn't too fond of this too much as a text.

Nonetheless, this was a good read, and the leading character was likeable enough. I just didn't think that this worked too well in a short story format, as you don't really get too used to the characters, and as a result the likeability is
Not really my sort of book, I kept reading because I needed a short read for my 2015 reading challenge, otherwise I'd have left it unfinished.
Kevin Findley
I did really like this book, but the last tale, "No Crime In The Mountains", was rather poor compared to the rest. Reading these stories and seeing the beginnings of some of the most well-known mystery novels in America was fascinating and a treat.

If you're a fan of Chandler or just mystery and pulp in general, you really should pick up a copy of this book. It will most certainly be worth your time, money and effort.
May 16, 2015 MJH1987 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it and though Chandler was a genius, they do get very samey very quickly. There's only so many times a tough-talking private dick can get knocked-out before he should have to go to the hospital.
Nov 18, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This collection of stories is an enjoyable read from Chandler, although some of the material might feel familiar as a few of the stories were incorporated into novels The Big Sleep, Lady In The Lake and Farewell My Lovely (I have yet to read the latter novel). For this reason my reading was both tainted with familiarity but also the writer-side of me was fascinated as to how the stories were later developed and novelised. My favourite here is Mandarin's Jade, but throughout the book the prose is ...more
Jan 08, 2014 Ian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A collection of previously-unpublished short stories, this made for a weird reading experience as Chandler adapted many of the stories for his novels. So the precursor to Philip Marlowe and his adventures appears several times – which means the stories sort of hover on the edge of familiarity, without actually being familiar. At least two stories contain elements of The Big Sleep, but are different enough to make you doubt your memory of that novel. Otherwise, this is solid Chandler fare – iconi ...more
This is just based on two short stories that I had to read, but I wasn't engaged at all and I didn't really care what happened and what was going to happen. It just wasn't my cup of tea I guess.
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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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