Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Another Chandler Question

From: Stephen Burridge (
Date: 29 Jul 2006

I'm no paperback guru, but as it happens I bought the 1970s Ballantine paperback of "Trouble Is My Business" all those years ago, and I can confirm that there is a brief introduction by Chandler that does include that phrase.

Stephen Burridge

On 7/29/06, JIM DOHERTY <> wrote:
> Miker,
> Re your comment below:
> "Thank you, Jim. It looks like I'm out of luck for a
> while. My 1977 Ballantine copy of THE SIMPLE ART OF
> MURDER starts with the essay. No intro. I'll keep a
> look out for copies with the intro."
> I could be wrong, and paperback gurus like Bill may be
> able to confirm or deny this, but I believe that
> Ballantine divided TSAM into three different volumes.
> TROUBLE IS MY BUSINESS collected the four Marlowe
> stories, "Finger Man," "Goldfish," "Red Wind," and
> "Trouble Is My Business." PICKUP ON NOON STREET
> collected another four or five stories, including the
> title entry. THE SIMPLE ART OF MURDER collected the
> remaining stories plus the TSAM essay. If memory
> serves, it seems to me that the intro from the
> hardback edition of TSAM, from which the "darkness
> more than night" phrase is derived, was included in
> the Ballantine edition of either TROUBLE IS MY
> And, of course, you can probably find a complete
> hardback edition of TSAM at your public library.

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