Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Big Sleep
Raymond Chandler


Los Angeles Private Investigator Philip Marlowe is hired by wheelchair-bound General Sternwood to discover who is blackmailing him. A broken, weary old man, Sternwood just wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. However, with Sternwood’s two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA’s seedy backstreets, Marlowe’s got his work cut out. And that’s before he stumbles over the first corpse. The Big Sleep is Raymond Chandler’s first novel featuring laconic Philip Marlowe.

Paperback, 256pp
Penguin Books, 2011 (1939)
ISBN 9780241956281