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Simple Art of Murder Paperback – 31 August 1988

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  • Paperback : 384 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0394757650
  • ISBN-10 : 0394757653
  • Dimensions : 13.13 x 1.96 x 20.27 cm
  • Publisher : Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Vintage Books ed edition (31 August 1988)
  • Language: : English
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"Raymond Chandler is a master." --The New York Times

"[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered." --The New Yorker

"Chandler seems to have created the culminating American hero: wised up, hopeful, thoughtful, adventurous, sentimental, cynical and rebellious." --Robert B. Parker, The New York Times Book Review

"Philip Marlowe remains the quintessential urban private eye." --Los Angeles Times

"Nobody can write like Chandler on his home turf, not even Faulkner. . . . An original. . . . A great artist." --The Boston Book Review

"Raymond Chandler was one of the finest prose writers of the twentieth century. . . . Age does not wither Chandler's prose. . . . He wrote like an angel." --Literary Review

"[T]he prose rises to heights of unselfconscious eloquence, and we realize with a jolt of excitement that we are in the presence of not a mere action tale teller, but a stylist, a writer with a vision." --Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Review of Books

"Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence." --Ross Macdonald

"Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude." --Erle Stanley Gardner

"Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since." --Paul Auster

"[Chandler]'s the perfect novelist for our times. He takes us into a different world, a world that's like ours, but isn't. " --Carolyn See

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Prefaced by the famous "Atlantic Monthly essay of the same name, in which he argues the virtues of the hard-boiled detective novel, this collection mostly drawn from stories he wrote for the pulps demonstrates Chandler's imaginative, entertaining facility with the form.

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