RARA-AVIS: The Chill by Ross Macdonald

From: Victoria Two ( msvictoriatwo@yahoo.com)
Date: 17 Jan 2006

Just finished The Chill by Ross Macdonald, published in 1964. I read it pretty much straight thru -- it's short -- and then had a thought which I would like to ask those who know. I am sure that graduate students have given their lives for this, but I just need a short and simple answer since I know the general outline of the author's life but have not read a detailed biography.
  SPOILER and you really do not want to continue if you have not read this noir classic.
  As soon as I got to the end of the book I had a strong feeling that the younger-man/older-woman scenario was a comment on Raymond Chandler's marriage. If it is, that is probably common knowledge that I am too out of fashion to have picked up. I think I remember reading (too long ago to pin down) that Mrs. Chandler was sometimes mistaken for Raymond's mother. On the other hand, none of my fast searches turned up a relationship between The Chill. So, any thoughts?

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