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The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
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Mar 28, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: mystery, usa
Read from April 25 to May 15, 2012

I think I decided that I don't like noir mysteries. Well, actually I don't mind the mysteries and I have to admit I really do like the mystery in this book and how it was sorted out and all that but...

Something about the way they do things. Not just the drinking or the carrying on (I understand this goes with the time period) but I don't like Philip Marlowe either. What's with this guy? "Oh yeah, I'm tough, I can handle whatever you dish out" attitude - just an absolute rebel (snubbing authorities - within the law). And then... for the 'victims', he's an absolute angel. I don't get it.

Oh, on the other hand, I find I really enjoy the Scandinavian Noir - so maybe it's just the time period & place this book is set in that just annoys me. One thing is for sure, if I'm going to time travel, this is one place & time, I would not go.

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