Farewell, My Lovely (Philip Marlowe, #2)

By Raymond Chandler

Rating: 4 stars

This is the first time I’ve read a Chandler novel and I came away quite impressed. The prose and plot seemed a little more polished than The Maltese Falcon, the last hardboiled PI noir novel I read and I think I enjoyed it more. It’s still a case of following the journey rather than picking up the clues as they’re sprinkled but I found Marlowe a more likeable protagonist than Sam Spade, even if it was a bit disconcerting that the first time he went into a room he would spend several paragraphs describing the soft furnishings :).

Marlowe starts a routine case and follows a really big guy into a rundown bar out of curiosity. From there, he gets involved with murder, jewel thieves, blackmail, murder, gambling and more murder.

Marlowe’s quick wit and dry (and often very dark) sense of humour appealed to me and I’d certainly like to read more of Chandler’s novels.

Book details

ISBN: 9780140007015
Publisher: Penguin
Year of publication: 1940

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