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Trouble Is My Business [4 stories]

– tekijä: Raymond Chandler

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Interesting to read short stories which later got incorporated into novels. A glimpse into the sausage factory but not too gruesome. When I was reading Farewell my lovely the whole fortune teller segment seemed out of place, now I know it's because it was yanked out of a short story where it was more developed. ( )
  TeaTimeCoder | Dec 23, 2020 |
So rich! The language, the setting, all as staged and vivid as Chinese Opera. That was a fun read! ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
Marlowe short stories? How's that going to work? I'm happy (though not surprised) to say very well. Fewer suspects, quicker solves, same snarky private detective going about his work pretending not to care about anything and getting back up every time he's knocked down. This collection contains four stories.

"Trouble is My Business" -- A day in the life of Marlowe: body count three, held at gunpoint at least that many times, hit in the head once, consumed at least one full bottle of Scotch over the course of sixty pages. Compared to the other three, this story feels a bit rough, the motives of the villains a bit muddled. My guess without researching is that these stories were placed in chronological order of their writing, because each one has a finer form than the one before it.

"Finger Man" -- This one feels especially fresh if you've read all the novels and are used to the setup of Marlowe's getting a case and chasing down leads despite threats and concussions. Marlowe is actually the titular character, witness to a murder and trying to stay alive long enough to testify, and of course simultaneously looking out for a stupid buddy who thinks he can rip off the mob and live to tell about it. Giving Marlowe personal history with this character notches up the stakes from the last story. Chandler is so skilled in trampling his protagonist's heart as well as inflicting bodily harm. The former is always more difficult for the writer and more moving for the reader.

"Goldfish" -- I kind of guessed the big secret of this one (I mean, if I wasn't meant to, the title should have been reconsidered). But it's a good read regardless. A lead surfaces on long-lost stolen pearls, and of course the bodies pile up as humans do what humans will, chasing the promise of wealth with no regard for consequences. The twist here: Marlowe gets financially well compensated for his work. I'm not sure that has happened before in this entire series.

"Red Wind" -- The best story of the lot. This (even more so than the others) is the prose I know to expect from Chandler, as proved by the opening paragraph:

There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.

Marlowe gets pulled into a mystery when a man is shot dead in front of him (in aforementioned cocktail lounge), and kept in the thick of things by his concern for a woman who's caught in the middle. It's a sad and lovely story, a perfect closing.

My edition includes the foreword by Chandler, and I love his honest perspective on the evolution of the genre and his thoughts on what a detective story is and isn't, his ideas on the "perfect" example of his genre not being written yet. Looking forward to completing all Chandler's currently published works with [b:The Simple Art of Murder|2051|The Simple Art of Murder|Raymond Chandler|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1427858651s/2051.jpg|1165594]. ( )
  AmandaGStevens | Mar 2, 2019 |
Sometimes you just need to get back to basics. Broads, bourbon, gats and gams. And so, in quick need of a good read to keep the roll going, I jumped into this series of short stories with Chandler’s favorite private eye, Phillip Marlowe.

As usual, he has a series of cunning and crazy clients; run ins with the local cops who all like to slap him around and drink his booze and bad guys who want to know what he knows but also want him dead.

Marlowe always survives. The book is divided into for novellas. In the first, he is hired to protect a young wealthy heir from a potential gold digger. This job takes Marlowe into the world of Los Angeles gaming dens. As usual, Marlowe is completely irreverent with his employer but ultimately successful-ish.

The second novella is all about the world of crooked politics. As usual, Marlowe finds himself in a mess of trouble and running afoul of the wrong people while trying to put together the pieces so he can explain what is happening.

The third story is a great chase looking for two incredibly valuable pearls and Marlowe’s attempts to get them and make a profit on the insurance money. In this story, he travels north to Seattle, Olympia and Westport. It was nice to see Marlowe out of his element.

Finally, there is a story about a man murdered in front of Marlowe in a bar who may be an extortionist. As usual, a dame, and Marlowe’s knight complex in saving dames, comes into play and gets him overly involved in something he should have left well enough alone.

With Chandler, you know what you’re getting and it doesn’t matter how many times you read him, it just keeps getting better. This was a very good book for a compendium of novellas. Each one as good as the last. Pour me a rye and bring me a gat. ( )
  ozzie65 | Jun 20, 2017 |
Raymond Chandler wrote the introduction to his book of four Philip Marlowe crime stories. I'll just steal from The New York Times' review: "Raymond Chandler is a master." If you liked his novels and haven't read these stories, don't miss out. ( )
  phillipfrey | Sep 16, 2016 |
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