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The Simple Art Of Murder by Raymond Chandler
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Sep 16, 2010

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Raymond chandler as you know is a master of the detective crime novel. This collection of shorts is no exception. However it is the collection nature which mars the books' magic- only reason it isn't 5 stars.
a few stories are stand outs (Nevada Gas, Pearls Are a Nuisance,Spanish Blood,The King in Yellow,Guns at Cyrano's) a few characters don't work. Chandler is Philip Marlowe, speaking in another voice just isn't the same believability, its as if these detectives are sketches of who is to be. There is great humor, here too. However changing between stories and settings in one book without intros (unlike the Big Book of Pulps by Otto Penzler) is harsh on the reader, this is best put down if you can and return to it after a few weeks or books in between. But good stuff they are, more like a collection of Crime Novellas, than short stories.
And Chandlers' Essay on the relevance and importance of the Detective novel is great work, almost a good essay describing the importance of good art in the world. As it is as important to have everyone read Chandler.

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