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Chandler never wrote frothy stuff, but this one is grim. "You’re not human tonight, Marlowe" our hero tells himself as he deals with an unpleasant client, an unappealing victim, and (God help him) the Bay City Police Department. Chandler fans will remember the BCPD from FAREWELL, MY LOVELY. At the end of that book, Bay City is purged. A new mayor and police chief are installed and honest cops are rehired. It didn’t last, of course. The culture of corruption runs deep in places like Bay City and it takes more than cosmetic changes to make a difference. Phillip Marlowe is the natural heir to the crown of Sherlock Holmes. Like Holmes, he’s usually found poking his nose into places without much prospect of being paid. He grouses about being broke, but you wonder how the hell he stays afloat at all. Even the measly twenty bucks that Orfamay Quest is prepared (reluctantly) to hand over for his services doesn’t end up in his wallet. How DOES he live?Orfamay is a mousy, dowdy girl from Manhattan, Kansas who’s blown into town to try to find her missing brother Orrin. She’s prim and stingy and sexless and about as far from being Marlowe’s kind of woman as she can get. She doesn’t think much of him either, but her brother has dropped out of sight and she wants to find him. After all, a little sister would be worried about her older brother who moved to the big, bad city and then stopped writing, wouldn’t she?The whole Quest clan could rightly be called odd. Marlowe tags them as "sanctimonious" and that hits the nail on the head. A meaningless reference to Salt Lake City seems to have been thrown in to hint that they are Mormons. It’s unlikely that the British-raised Chandler would have been a fan of the Latter Day Saints. They are a strictly American phenomenon and an acquired taste. There’s a doctor with a mysterious past and some strange patients. There are two beautiful actresses. Marlowe likes beautiful dames and they like him, but he isn’t sure exactly how they fit in to this crime. In Orfamay, he has a client who seems to be working against him as often as not. Anyone but Marlowe would throw up his hands and pack it in, but he has to keep going to see what’s around the next curve. Poor Marlowe. He’s not human tonight. Chandler was a superb writer and Phillip Marlowe is a fascinating character, but steel yourself for some dark stuff before you start this one. Marlowe’s California wasn’t beach boys and sunshine, but a land of transients who have brought their troubles with them. And not even Marlowe can make things right. Check it out!
The Little Sister Audible Audiobook – Abridged Raymond Chandler (Author), Review
The Little Sister is the fifth entry in Chandler’s Philip Marlowe series. This is a good read and recommended for fans of the genre, I will warn you that it is no Farewell, My Lovely or The Big Sleep. There is an overall tone of loneliness in The Little Sister as Marlowe crosses paths with gangsters, blackmailers, hop heads, and starlets all for an eccentric young girl looking for her brother. The dialogue and stream of consciousness style are well done and as usual very witty. Chandler also delivers a scathing critique on the film industry which is not to be missed. Yet, there is something missing when one compares this to his other works. The level of suspense does not seem to be quite there as it was in previous entries. Marlowe seems a bit tired. However, this is worth a read, especially if you have read previous entries. If you enjoy this I would recommend the illustrated edition, and the film adaptation from 1969 (called "Marlowe) starring James Garner. -Read Reviews-
The writings of Raymond Chandler are among America’s true cultural treasures. His well sculpted characters and twisting plots are what we have come to expect from him. However, it is Chandler’s superb prose and wit that sets him apart and puts sparks on the page. . The dialog in a Chandler novel or short story is some of the best ever written by an American author. "The Little Sister " is excellent. There is no room for nitpicking here. The man is a master. Paul Sullivan