Hard-boiled detective fiction at its best: Raymond Chandler's best loved novel, The Big Sleep, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time. "I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it.
I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be.
I was calling on four million dollars". (Los Angeles PI). Philip Marlowe is hired by wheelchair-bound General Sternwood to discover who is indulging in some petty blackmail.
A weary, old man, Sternwood just wants the problem to go away.
But Marlowe finds he has his work cut out just keeping Sternwood's wild, devil-may-care daughters out of trouble as they prowl LA's dirtiest and darkest streets. And pretty soon, he's up to his neck in hoodlums and corpses...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 14/08/2014
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780241970775