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The Simple Art of Murder di Raymond Chandler
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The Simple Art of Murder (originale 1950; edizione 2002)

di Raymond Chandler (Autore)

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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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Titolo:The Simple Art of Murder
Autori:Raymond Chandler (Autore)
Info:Alfred A. Knopf (2002)
Collezioni:ebooks
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This book takes its title from the first of five entries. Rather than a short story, it is an essay by Raymond Chandler giving his defining opinion on the art of the myster. Chandler critiques some well k own mysteries and characters: “The Red House Mystery: by A.A. Milne (Milne’s only mystery), Dorothy Sayer’s “Busman’s Holiday,” authors Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett and others of the genre. It is an interesting read with the comparisons and his perspective of the subject of mystery writers and their books.

The next three stories are along the usual lines that Chandler is known for: a cop who is set up in a frame and finds he has to be the one to untangle the net around him. Two stories take place in hotels, involving the hotel detectives and some questionable guests.

The fourth one is more along the lines of P.G. Wodehouse. Walter, the main character, speaks in in a very educated manner, seems to have pots of money and time to spare. He receives a call, one morning, from Ellen Macintosh, his fianceé. She is nurse to Mrs. Penruddock, a very wealthy widow.

It seems Mrs. Penruddock’s pearl necklace has been stolen and the suspect is a chauffeur who worked for Mrs. Penruddock for a few months and suddenly left. Ellen feels that Walter should be able to find the suspect and get the pearls back and not involve the police. It seems the pearls are fake and Ellen doesn’t want it known and embarrass Mrs. Penruddock.

Walter manages to locate the chauffeur, one Mr. Henry Eichelberger. His excuse for looking Eichelberger up is that Eichelberger tried to kiss Ellen and Walter plans to make sure it doesn’t happen again. This meeting is the start of a madcap series of events as the two men work together to recover the stolen pearls. Shades of Bertie and Jeeves! ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Feb 27, 2021 |
Short stories and an essay. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
Excellent collection. Each story is a terrific example of the hard-boiled mystery that made Chandler a master. ( )
  grandpahobo | Sep 26, 2019 |
This is a collection of eight stories by the master of hard-boiled fiction, Raymond Chandler: two short novellas, five novelettes and a short story proper. If you like that genre even a bit, this is a can't miss collection. It's full of tough guys and floozies and the consumption of unimaginable amounts of whiskey. There's always a body or two that shows up full of lead, or in one of the stories, "Nevada gas", which seems to be a euphemism for hydrogen cyanide, the stuff of gas-chamber executions. ( )
  lgpiper | Jun 21, 2019 |
Worth owning for the opening essay; his closing words on the detective hero are unexpectedly moving. The rest of this collection is composed of short stories pre-dating Marlowe, a fascinating glimpse into the development of both Chandler as an author and Marlowe as a character. ( )
  AmandaGStevens | Mar 2, 2019 |
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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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