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Playback by Raymond Chandler
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I looked at her legs. It was only 10 in the morning but she had legs to look at. She had brought them into my office with her. Her legs looked at me but I never found out what they thought. She balanced all of next year’s expense account on her little finger and blew smoke over it. She was wearing the kind of perfume you could invade countries for. The rest of her was what your imagination wasn’t any use for any more. I’d had a tough night that day so I only looked in her right eye. She offered me a cigarette. She offered me a drink. She offered me the Pacific Ocean. She offered me ten different futures, in all of which I ended up at the bottom of a lift shaft with both feet at the wrong angle and no health insurance. I looked at her legs. They were probably a metaphor but I never read French novels. There was a guy in the sedan behind us. I turned right then right again on Ventura. Now he was only three cars back. Her legs looked at me. I unhooked her clothing. “You have to help me, Marlowe,” she said. She said, “You’re speeding, Marlowe, this is a residential zone and there’s a school somewhere round here.” Then she was naked and I poured all over her like moonlight. The sedan in the mirror was as subtle as a Nazi at a christening. I took a right then another right. He took a left and I was down on the floor, my jaw felt like Carnegie Hall after the 1812 Overture. He looked a lot taller from down there. But at least I could look at her legs without interruption. I was happy about that then all the lights went out.
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Reading Progress

April 23, 2017 – Started Reading
April 23, 2017 – Shelved
April 25, 2017 – Shelved as: gangsters-floozies-and-creeps
April 25, 2017 – Shelved as: novels
April 25, 2017 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Jim (new)

Jim Haha! Perfect!

Inspired by Chandler:

message 2: by Paul (last edited Apr 25, 2017 05:44AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Paul Bryant this review was inspired by Ian's here which is great

message 3: by Ian (last edited Apr 25, 2017 04:10PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ian "Marvin" Graye Paul wrote: "this review was inspired by Ian's here which is great"

Thanks, Paul. My review was inspired by your Murakami review!

message 4: by denise (new)

denise This right here is why I'd rather read your reviews than the books that you review. My favorite categories: Fantasy, Horror, Paul Bryant's reviews; not in any particular order.

Paul Bryant aw shucks Denise...

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