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The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
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Chandler is the master of the hardboiled genre. He drops more similes than Immortal Technique. Lines like , "dead men are heavier than broken hearts," shoot off the page like electric sparks. The dialogue cuts like a machete through Amazonian vines, laying waste to the stale standards of the pulp medium that came before. The Big Sleep is the first novel featuring his celebrated sleuth, Philip Marlowe. Marlowe is the blueprint for the pulp-hardboiled private detective: smart, tough and always ready to crack wise at the drop of a hat. If Dashiel Hammett created the genre of detective fiction, Raymond Chandler not only perfected it, but brought it to a level of literary perfection still felt today in the works of post-millennial cyberpunk writers like William Gibson and every contemporary mystery novelist you see on the shelves of Barnes & Noble.
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