Author(s): Raymond Chandler
Having seen Bogart and Bacall in The Big Sleep during the Film Festival, I was keen to read the book (which is available as a Popular Penguin). I thoroughly enjoyed it. The novel and the movie diverged towards the end, which only added to the fun, because the ending I was expecting didn't eventuate. Wonderful sense of 1940s California. Chandler obviously had fun crafting his metaphors and similes - as empty as a rain barrel in a drought, anyone? - Emily
Best-known as the creator of the original private eye, Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago in 1888 and died in 1959. Many of his books have been adapted for the screen, and he is widely regarded as one of the very greatest writers of detective fiction.