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Farewell, my Lovely
Knopf New York: Knopf, 1940. First edition. 20 cm; 375, [3] pages. Cloth in dust jacket. Dust jacket frayed, chipped with some loss, and stained lightly on upper panel. Text unblemished, if well read. True first edition that has been around the block. Writers at BBC Radio 4 came up with a brief summary of Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) that beats the hell out of anything I could come up with: "Philip Marlowe is a moral man in an amoral world. California in the 1940s and 1950s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, reflecting all the tarnished glitter of the American Dream. ..." Farewell My Lovely (1940) was Chandler's second novel, and has been adapted for film three times. When Philip Marlowe sees a huge, loudly dressed man casually throwing a bouncer out onto the the pavement as he goes into a bar, he knows it's time to walk away, so he follows him inside. The big guy is Moose Molloy, recently released from an eight-year prison sentence and now on the hunt for his old sweetheart, a red-haired nightclub singer named Velma Valento. Marlowe follows a trail which includes a stick-up, blackmail, an irresistable blonde, a psychic, drugs and murder, and it leads him all the way to the top of a corrupt state of California.
      [Bookseller: Rodger Friedman Rare Book Studio ]
Last Found On: 2013-01-11           Check availability:      ABAA    

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