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The Big Sleep

Book 1, Philip Marlowe Series - A Novel

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The iconic first novel from crime fiction master Raymond Chandler, featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.

Customer Reviews

Only four star average?

How can this only have a four star average review?!?

Surely, this is the best of Chandlers work and the greatest of all detective novels? Certainly I'd be glad to hear of any better books!

A master at the height of his powers

Chandler at his best, with Marlowe at his finest — the movie with Bogart and Bacall is terrific, but the book is even better, because Chandler had the advantage of unlimited dialogue….

It really does not get any better than this in terms of the noir novel.


This novel is an absolute classic. I didn't realize until the publisher's note at the end that it was Chandler's first novel. The writing style at times will put the reader in awe of its excellence. The plot is exquisite. Any fan of the genre should read this!

The Big Sleep
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Hard-Boiled
  • Published: Jul 12, 1988
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Philip Marlowe Series
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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