> Miker, The only comment I would make is to drop the
second Chandler book
> from your list, and just read The Big Sleep first, before you make a big
> investment in the Chandler cannon. By purchasing The Big Sleep I lost $12
> and lost several hours of time that I'll never get back. Friends don't let
> friends buy Chandler. --Brian
What kind of friend are you? Sorry you didn't like The Big
Sleep, but Farewell, My Lovely and The Long Goodbye are
necessary and important hard-boiled/noir reads. Chandler
isn't one of my top five favorites, but I admit that he's a
great writer, almost poetic, and he influenced so many
detective writers that even those trying to work against the
grain, like Crumley and Ellory, had to tip their hats to him
at one time or another.
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