Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Long Good-bye
Raymond Chandler


Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to his only friend in the world: private investigator Philip Marlowe. He is willing to help a man down on his luck, but later Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty.¬†Marlowe is drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA’s Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover. Marlowe is sure Lennox didn’t kill his wife, but how many more stiffs will turn up before he gets to the truth? The Long Good-Bye is Raymond Chandler’s sixth novel featuring the laconic Philip Marlowe.

Paperback, 464pp
Penguin Books, 2010 (1953)
ISBN 9780241954362