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Finger Man and Other Stories

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Raymond Chandler. The Finger Man. New York: Avon Books Murder Mystery Monthly, 1946. First edition in this form. Octavo. 122 pages. Paperback format.
Paperback, 158 pages
Published 1950 by Avon Publishing company (first published 1941)
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Veronika Sebechlebska
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detektívky
Ranná rýchlovka s mladým Marlowom
Ondrej Sykora
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, fiction
I've read the bilingual Czech/English edition, the original would get 3-4 stars (it's not as good as later Chandler's novels, but still nice). The two stars are because of the translator/editor who both fucked up in a terrible way. The English version has an unusual amount of typos and other errors, including a missing paragraph. Then there is the Czech translation that is as bad as a translation can get - it's not just the choice of language, but sometimes translation does not make sense at all ...more
Ralph
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
In this short 1946 collection from Avon Books, consisting of three stories and an essay, we have what some editorial wag at Avon labeled on the cover as “A redhead, a roulette wheel, and murder a la Chandler.” Well, what do editorial wags know? It does prove he at least read the first story, “Finger Man,” which is more than did the cover artist for the edition I have, giving us a blonde who is as blonde as a blonde can be. It’s, of course, a minor quibble, for it’s the meat we’re interested in, ...more
Paul Bard
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect little tragedy. I recommend reading it with classic jazz on, in winter.

It’s only in the last third that Chandler’s characteristic aesthetic pauses, which are exactly like the silent moments in jazz, begin to punctuate the narrative with a superb silence and spaciousness that allows the full experience - perhaps from the car rental shed onwards, or from the visit to the morgue in the middle of the story, it begins.

Superb, matchless, lovely, and shakespearean prose, in its own way. Such
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Razvan Banciu
Nothing new under the sun. Tough guys, gambling, drinking, shooting, many casualities, a pretty girl in some trouble, as she has chosen the wrong entourage. As usual for Chandler's first stories, some fragments will be found in the following novels, so "The finger man" looks familiar, even at first read.
Matt
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sings like a crooked canary.

Cheers.
Mandy
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hardboiled detective novella. Introduction to Philip Marlowe detective from The Big Sleep.
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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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