Patrick King made many good points, but he hit on one of my problems with the novel when he said:
>> I found Chandler's book thoroughly entertaining but no more logical than the way things happen in real life. <<
Exactly, "no more logical than the way things happen in real life." Fiction is *supposed to be more logical than real life. (I also did not find my entertainment with either the book or the movie *thoroughly* entertaining.)
I have to save that description for the first episode of the new "Sherlock." The second episode? Not as entertaining.
I won't defend my position to the death. After all, it's not an opinion about politics, religion, the Yankees, or Notre Dame--although Notre Dame is getting much harder to defend.
"Shadow of the Dahlia," a Shamus finalist novel at Amazon.com
and BarnesandNoble.com New edition trade-paper, Kindle, and Nook
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