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September Meetup [Crime]: Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep (1939)

In September we'll be reading a book from the 'Crime' list... The poll is now closed and the winner is: Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep (1939).

This is the opener in Chandler's series starring Philip Marlowe, the most famous private investigator to walk the mean streets of Los Angeles. The 38-year-old PI is assigned by General Sternwood to investigate the disappearance of Rusty Regan, the husband of the general's older daughter, Vivian. She is obscurely involved with a gambling boss, Eddie Mars. The general's nymphomaniac younger daughter, Carmen, is being blackmailed by a homosexual pornographer, Arthur Geiger. He and the Sternwood chauff eur (Carmen's former lover) are murdered. A cold-blooded killer, Canino, stalks Marlowe. When asked by Howard Hawks, who was filming it, what was going on in the novel, Chandler replied: "Dammit, I don't know." But never has corruption been more powerfully written into the fabric of noir fiction.

We know these meetups fill up far in advance, so please revise your RSVP closer to the time to ensure you aren't 'attending' if you can't, especially if there are people on the waiting list!

Hope to see you then!

 

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  • Ashley

    Really enjoyed this book and the discussion around it!

    September 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyable , friendly, good conversation!

    September 12, 2012

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