Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
Pocket Books Inc. New York 1964
The Long Goodbye is a classic Raymond Chandler mystery featuring his magnificent creation: private eye, Philip Marlowe. It is considered to be one of Chandler’s very best works, along with his other masterpieces, Farewell My Lovely and The Little Sister. What raises this, and most of Chandler’s work, above the pulp thriller genre, is the concise and relaxed brilliance of the style of the central character.
Winner of the 1955 Edgar Award, this classic novel served as the basis for the 1973 film of the same name, directed by Robert Altman and featuring Elliott Gould, Sterling Hayden and Mark Rydell.