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The Little Sister
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company 1949 - First American edition, first printing. Publisher's red-orange cloth, with a dagger illustrations stamped in navy to the front board, spine lettered in navy; in the original pictorial dust jacket designed by Boris Artzybasheff. Near fine, with some light wear to the extremities, minor toning to the spine, fresh interior; unclipped dust jacket, with some wear and minor chipping to the extremities, usual toning to the spine, short closed tear to the panel edges, some light soiling to the rear panel, bright spine and front panel. Overall, a very good, attractive copy. Bruccoli A8.2. The Little Sister is the fifth detective novel in Chandler's series featuring his protagonist Detective Philip Marlowe, "the most exciting high-velocity private investigator in the business." Unlike Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op and Sam Spade, who are widely considered the archetypal hard-boiled detective figures, Marlowe possesses a sensitivity underneath his tough exterior that distinguishes him from similar detective characters in the genre. Like many of Chandler's novels, The Little Sister is set in Los Angeles and the novel illuminates much of the day to day life in that city. Specifically, The Little Sister involves Hollywood and the film industry, focusing on the younger sister of a rising starlet. Despite the slightly more sensitive nature of Chandler's detective, The Little Sister is classic hard-boiled detective fiction with all of the austerity and ruggedness that hallmarks the genre. As the dust jacket proclaims, "Chandler is the master is of his own brand of vernacular and sets it down as if he were a divinely appointed recording angel to the tough guy." [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: B & B Rare Books, Ltd., ABAA]
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