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The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
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Oct 10, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: mystery, noir, fiction
Recommended for: mystery fans, noir nerds
Read in July, 2008

Another classic hardboiled detective story. I like Philip Marlowe almost as much as I like Sam Spade -- and there are a few things about him I like a little more, actually -- but I almost never like first-person narration as much as I like third. Surprises are less surprising, somehow; the POV character can't get away with anything, and when he does, it feels a little cheap. Although, really, I might have given this one five stars if I hadn't read it immediately after The Maltese Falcon, which is a pretty hard act to follow. The plot was twisty and interesting, but there were definitely places where I did some skimming, and I'm still kind of chewing on the ending.

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