Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The High Window
Raymond Chandler


Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is on a case: his client, a dried-up husk of a woman, wants him to recover a rare gold coin called a Brasher Doubloon, missing from her late husband’s collection. That’s the simple part. It becomes more complicated when Marlowe finds that everyone who handles the coin suffers a run of very bad luck: they always end up dead. That’s also unlucky for a private investigator, because leaving a trail of corpses around LA puts the cops’ noses seriously out of joint. If Marlowe doesn’t wrap this one up fast, he’s going to end up either in jail or in a wooden box in the ground… The High Window is Raymond Chandler’s third novel featuring Philip Marlowe.

Paperback, 288pp
Penguin Books, 2011 (1942)
ISBN 9780241956298