Today’s book review of a crime novel is brought to you by yours truly, Morgen Bailey.
The High Window by Raymond Chandler
Synopsis: Philip Marlowe’s on a case: his client, a dried-up husk of a woman, wants him to recover a rare gold coin called a Brasher Doubloon, missing from her late husband’s collection. That’s the simple part. It becomes more complicated when Marlowe finds that everyone who handles the coin suffers a run of very bad luck: they always end up dead. That’s also unlucky for a private investigator, because leaving a trail of corpses around LA gets cops’ noses out of joint. If Marlowe doesn’t wrap this one up fast, he’s going to end up in jail – or worse, in a box in the ground… More details from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_High_Window.
This novel is available via http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-High-Window-Raymond-Chandler/dp/0140108939 and http://www.amazon.com/High-Window-Raymond-Chandler/dp/0394758269.
Review (of the audiobook)
The case, of a runaway wife and stolen coin, starts off simply enough with Marlowe being called to Mrs Murdoch’s, via her wimpy secretary Miss Davis, to retrieve a valuable coin stolen, Mrs Murdoch believes, by her estranged daughter-in-law. Some of the characters – as works well in fiction – are not as they appear and things take a dark turn as bodies are found and threats are made, and Marlowe has to work out who did what, which of course he does with wit and super-smooth charm.
The tone of the writing feels very authentic with some great one liners like, “From 30ft away she looks like a lot of class, from 10ft away she looks like something made up to be seen from 30ft away”, ‘Great long gallows of a man’ and “Oh shut up and rest your sex appeal.”
Rating: Can’t fault it. 5 out of 5.
Based in Northamptonshire, England, Morgen Bailey (“Morgen with an E”) is a prolific blogger, podcaster, editor / critiquer, Chair of NWG (which runs the annual H.E. Bates Short Story Competition), Head Judge for the NLG Flash Fiction Competition and creative writing tutor for her local county council. She is also a freelance author of numerous ‘dark and light’ short stories, novels, articles, and very occasional dabbler of poetry. Like her, her blog, https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com, is consumed by all things literary. She is also active on Twitter, Facebook along with many others (listed on her blog’s Contact page). She also recently created five online writing groups and an interview-only blog.
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