Decided to re-read some of Raymond Chandler's marvelous detective yarns from the 1940s. Just read for the umpteenth time The Long Goodbye
. Just started on Farewell, my Lovely
again. The man was a wonderful writer. Oh, not for the plots; they're boilerplate hard-boiled detective stories. But this is a writer
of the first quality. I read him word-for-word and savour his sentences.
Chandler and Dashiel Hammet invented the American detective story (as opposed to the formal murder mystery which, of course, is a British creation [except that they stole the idea from E.A. Poe, an American
]) Thank goodness the local public library is just a five-minute walk from where I'm living. I'll probably take out another Chandler just as soon as I've finished this one.