The Long Goodbye

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English language

Published April 12, 1977 by Ballantine Books.

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5 stars (1 review)

In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, Philip Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.

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I binged the Big Sleep, Farewell My Lovely and The Long Goodbye without any gaps. I loved them all but think I may have to take a break before moving on to the other Chandler novels.

By now I’ve picked up the tropes and structures of these stories. There’s always pleanty of gangsters, crooked cops and beautiful women. One of the beautiful women is a murderer (but not the only murderer). There’s often a rich old man with two spoiled daughters. There’s always a double case; one in the first half which you think is solved, then another in the second half which turns out to be linked to the first one. There’s always an unsettling early twentieth century undercurrent of racism and homophobia which you have to hold your nose through.

The Long Goodbye is probably my least favourite of the three so far but it’s still a great …


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