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Trouble Is My Business

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  9,509 Ratings  ·  238 Reviews
In the four long stories in this collection, Marlowe is hired to protect a rich old guy from a gold digger, runs afoul of crooked politicos, gets a line on some stolen jewels with a reward attached, and stumbles across a murder victim who may have been an extortionist.
Mass Market Paperback, 244 pages
Published 1980 by Ballantine Books
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Evgeny
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review updated on 29.05.2017

This is a collection of four short stories featuring Philip Marlowe, the cynical drinking PI who served a role model for all the PIs written after him - no exceptions.
Philip Marlowe

Trouble is my business. A rich man hired Marlowe to keep his good-for-nothing son from getting married to a woman whose sole interest in him was his money. This happens to be the first appearance of famous PI who is slightly rough around the edges and really likes to say the title phrase. Several dead bo
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Fiona
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Yes yes yes! Not one, but four stories with Philip Marlowe at the lead. I think Raymond Chandler is superb; his descriptions have me drooling and in my opinion he's the original hard boiled, film noir detective. I love him and every move he makes. He's witty, dry, sarcastic and dangerous. I can picture myself walking the streets at night with him, slugging a bad guy with a gun and swigging scotch in the middle of the night in a stifling hot hotel room whilst hiding from a crook. He's just an awe ...more
C-shaw
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this after reading reviews by my Goodreads friend, author James Thane. These old potboiler detective stories are so good!
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Ha ha ha! What a delightful little book. The plot is secondary to the dialogue of Philip Marlowe and the other hardboiled characters, to wit:

"I called him up from a phone booth. The voice that answered was fat. It wheezed softly, like the voice of a man who had just won a pie-eating contest."
"I moved around slowly, like a cat in a strange house. . ."
"The room
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Mohammad Ali

نمره ی واقعی: سه و نیم

من داستان باد سرخ رو بیشتر دوست داشتم. بقیه اشم جالب بود اما جاهایی آدم حس می کرد یه ماسمالی هایی هست. در کل خوندنی بود

مترجم یه مقدمه هم در مورد فضای گنگستری آمریکا در چند دهه ی اول قرن بیستم و تأثیرش بر شکل گیری رمان کارآگاهی آمریکایی نوشته که هر چند جزئیات زیادی نداره اما خوبه خوندنش. ترجمه هم من باهاش مشکلی نداشتم و یادم نمی آد وقتایی که سراغ اصلش می رفتم اشتباه خاصی به چشمم اومده باشه
Barney
Mar 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think a review of the book would be pointless. Just know that this is one of the true headwaters of the River Noir.

Anyone who reads Chandler would be well served to get a copy containing Chandler's own introduction (written around 1950) where he looks back at the pulps - which he refers to in the past tense even though they had about 10 more years left in them fighting for rack space -and discusses the transformation of the genre from the mostly British in style iterations to the fully Ameri
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Harold
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: noir
Quintessential noir by one of the creators of the genre. Private eye Phillip Marlowe is the archetype of those that followed. This book is four (rather long) short stories. All excellent.
Ubiquitousbastard
Of course I love this, it being a collection of four short stories which were later cannibalized for Chandler's novels, but I admit I wanted it to be longer. The Simple Art of Murder had more stories and a bit more variety, so I definitely prefer it to this, but still, this was a good selection of short stories. Almost nothing outside of Chandler's works makes me imagine scenes in my head so vividly, or to laugh out loud at the sarcasm. I pretty much was laughing every few minutes while reading ...more
Elise Stone
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Raymond Chandler for the language. The way he uses words is akin to magic. The opening to his short story "Red Wind," which is found in this collection of four, is iconic in detective fiction:
There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife an
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Tony
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS. (various; this ed. 2006). Raymond Chandler. ****.
This is a collection of twelve short stories by Chandler that had previously been published in either “Black Mask” or “Dime Detective” between 1936 and 1939. They all involve the adventures of various private eyes, not all of whom are Philip Marlowe. While researching his stories on the internet, I was surprised at how many of these stories later became incorporated in one form or another into his novels. While he was doing
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Matt
chosen as extra credit for class. I wanted to continue reading Chandler, might even become a completest!

I think these are some of the earlier stories which Chandler sort of made his name with before he came out with the limpid and inexhaustible "Big Sleep"...they are all Philip Marlowe stories and they sort of have that almost-there quality which you can see in some writer's early work...they have a style, a vision, but it's not quite realized yet. For some reason I take a lot of solace in read
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David
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a lot of parody of this genre without actually having read much of the genre itself. To tell the truth, I had fun. Things may not really change much for Marlowe in any of the stories, but there is a tangible thrill to reading. I'm not sure I'd go looking for any more, but I did like these stories.
Rob
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

It took me a few years living in Georgia to realize just how much California is in my bones. I grew up a Midwesterner but then spent 14 crucial years – 1995-2009, or age 22 to 36 – on the West Coast. I never made a conscious decision to self-identify as a Californian, but after living in the Atlanta area for a couple years I suddenly realized just how much my time in California had shaped my personality. And now, even though I’ve been in the South for nearly six years, no author takes
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Cathy DuPont
A collection of four short stories (which I love by the way) I just couldn't get into these except maybe one. This was due probably more my lack of concentration rather than the story or writing because Chandler's as good as ever. I shouldn't read when I have other stuff on my mind so I'm putting this aside to read again another time.

One story did stand out more than the other three but all in all, Chandler's at his noir best with the bad women being really bad and same with the men. They all s
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Mackenzie Brown
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The undisputed master of noir and pulp fiction.
Of the four stories featured in this volume none are sub standard when compared to the novels featuring Chandler’s LA private eye Philip Marlow, who swims in a cesspool of double crossing criminals, femme fatales and crooked cops. Filled with classic metaphorical phrases straight from the hard boiled crime dictionary that Chandler helped create.
If you’re a fan of John D MacDonald, Ross Macdonald, Robert B Parker or Robert Crais, or any other writers
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Debbi Mack
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is made up of four of Chandler's novellas or novelettes. They have most of the things I love about Raymond Chandler's novels: hardboiled prose to weep for, enough characters and twists to make your head spin, and nearly indecipherable plots.

The fact that I read all the stories and enjoyed them, despite their flaws or even because of them, is a testament to Chandler's legacy as one of the greatest hardboiled crime writers ever.
Donna
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: criminal-minds
This is really a set of four Philip Marlowe "long stories." Absolutely incredible. I wish there were a couple dozen more.
Christine
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can never resist the siren call of Raymond Chandler. In my opinion, his work defines the noir genre of mysteries. It just doesn't get any better. Trouble is My Business is a collection of four short stories - Trouble is My Business, Finger Man, Goldfish, and Red Wind - that are classic Chandler. Rife with 50s slang and the most stripped-down descriptions imaginable, each is a the literary equivalent of a shot of scotch. The kind that leaves you feeling like you've had a mouthful of campfire sm ...more
Erik Erickson
I really enjoyed this. It's really a treat to drink from THE source of classic detective pulp fiction. I haven't read Dashiel Hammett, but if he's as essential as Chandler claims in his forward, their work must be the pinnacle of the genre.

This is not my first detective novel. I took a circuitous route to Chandler starting with several of John Schwartzwelder's spoofs of the genre, and from there went to Jonathan Lethem's Gun, With Occasional Music and and an anonymous pulp tome. All are excelle
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Scott
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trouble is my Business contains 4 Phillip Marlowe stories previously published in the pulp magazines of the day.overall these are a fine example of Chandler's hard boiled fiction in novella form. each story is remarkable on their own but my personal favorite is “Red Wind”. this story is a nearly perfect representation of Marlowe's code of honor, has great characters,and a fantastic little twist at the end. a lot of quality buried in a unassuming little short story.
Pamela
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge."

And THAT is Chandler.
Gieliza
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: absolute-fave
5 stars!

Philip Marlowe, how so awesome? A solid collection of hardboiled mysteries. My individual ratings for the stories -

Trouble is My Business - 4 stars
Finger Man - 4 stars
Goldfish - 4.5 stars
Red Wind - 5 stars
Introduction by Philip Marlowe - all the stars in the world because it is that good.

Highly recommended!
Edgar
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had read Chandler in translations, but I see now they were very deficient. Marlowe's contemplative sarcasm and not-give-a-fuck-ness were lost. And that style is extremely important--is what makes these quintessentially noir stories not only genre-founding, but very fun to read. An extremely rare combination.
Mark Birchall
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although not a lover of short stories I found these a must read as is anything by chandler. Private eyes , femme fatales, booze, guns, murder, mayhem,torture,fist fights, car chases,snappy dialogue . Can't beat it just read it ! Great hard boiled dirty noir from the best in the business .
Steven Vaughan-Nichols
Somehow I managed to not read this collection of Philip Marlowe short stories. I'm glad I finally have. While the last is a bit weak, all of them are fine examples of noir fiction and I quite enjoyed them.
Rob Messenger
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An up-side of growing old(er); you forget books you have read (and enjoyed) so you read them again...just as good the second time, too...
Darwin8u
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Great Philip Marlowe short stories. King of Noir.
Kris
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you just need to get back to basics. Broads, bourbon, gats and gams. And so, in quick need of a good read to keep the roll going, I jumped into this series of short stories with Chandler’s favorite private eye, Phillip Marlowe.

As usual, he has a series of cunning and crazy clients; run ins with the local cops who all like to slap him around and drink his booze and bad guys who want to know what he knows but also want him dead.

Marlowe always survives. The book is divided into for novell
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Mark Bigham
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Real Deal

It's so easy to throw genres around today. Movies. Music. Books. If the term noir had never been invented then they probably call all of it chandler. Thought I had read everything Raymond Chandler wrote with Philip Marlowe in it. This thin book contained four short stories and I read them way too fast. Don't make my mistake...savor each and every word. Chandler was and is an American original, and no one will be his equal.
Joel Mitchell
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
I love noir/hardboiled detective stories, and Chandler is one of the best (only Hammett is on the same level). The four (longish) short stories in this volume all feature his iconic detective, Philip Marlowe. Marlowe doesn’t seem to be as well developed in these stories as in his full length novels (he seems a little less snarky and well-read here), but this is still well worth reading.
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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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