The Simple Art of Murder

The Simple Art of Murder Contains Chandler s essay on the art of detective stories and a collection of classic Chandler mysteries

Contains Chandler s essay on the art of detective stories and a collection of 8 classic Chandler mysteries.

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  1. Evgeny

    This is a collection of early short stories and an essay which gave the book its name. The latter is fairly short and its main idea is an argument for the virtues of a noir mystery as opposed to a traditional British one. Considering the fact that this comes from a guy who became a classic of the former even before his death and that he picked up some below the average examples of the latter, I agree.The stories themselves left me out cold for the most part. I can actually describe the plot in p [...]

  2. Tfitoby

    “I merely say that all reading for pleasure is escape, whether it be Greek, mathematics, astronomy, Benedetto Croce, or The Diary of the Forgotten Man. To say otherwise is to be an intellectual snob, and a juvenile at the art of living.”Four short stories of varying quality and an interesting, if grouchy, essay on the state of crime fiction in the 1930s.The titular essay is a very interesting read, Chandler discusses the popular British (and British styled) crime writers of the day and their [...]

  3. Jim Nesbitt

    The title is the same as Chandler's classic essay that redefined the detective novel, taking it out of the mannered parlors of English cozy mysteries and out of the hands of amateurs and slapping it in the middle of mean American streets where violence is a bloody but everyday affair and the detective is a loner with a code, but not necessarily a nice guy. Chandler, along with Hammett and Cain, invented the hard-boiled detective genre, which I consider an American art form.

  4. Paul

    The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond ChandlerI'm not usually a fan of short story collections, preferring instead, something i can immerse myself in. Still i wanted to read this collection of 7 short stories by Raymond Chandler, partly because i adore Chandler's prose, but also because i wanted to see how he had arrived at the Marlowe character. Marlowe doesn't feature in any of these stories, though he seems to lurk around every corner. The sense i got from these stories, is that Chandler was tr [...]

  5. Ana

    Cuando empecé a leer “El simple arte de matar” de Raymond Chandler pensaba que iba a ser una especie de manual sobre la escritura del autor y, en principio, lo era porque comienza con un ensayo sobre las novelas de detectives. Pero es una introducción a la colección de relatos cortos que engloba este libro. Podría parecer que el autor nos ha engañado y que no quiere contarnos sobre su labor de creación de este tipo de novelas. Sin embargo, cuando se termina la última página vemos que [...]

  6. J.

    An excerpt from the short story "I'll Be Waiting"At one o'clock in the morning, Carl, the night porter, turned down the last of three table lamps in the main lobby of the Windermere Hotel. The blue carpet darkened a shade or two and the walls drew back into remoteness. The chairs filled with shadowy loungers. In the corners were memories like cobwebs.Tony Reseck yawned. He put his head on one side and listened to the frail, twittery music from the radio room beyond a dim arch at the far side of [...]

  7. Mike

    "Raymond" and "Chandler". When taken separately these words have a myriad of uses and meanings, but when taken together in the strict ordering "Raymond Chandler" they only mean one thing: excellence in storytelling.If you like any of his work whether in film or written form, then pick this up and get your little heart going pit-a-pat. Am I exaggerating? Perhaps a little, but the man was a master of detective fiction, a craftsman who created characters and plots that are so good, so iconic, and s [...]

  8. Patrick Sherriff

    Love it or hate it, Chandler's writing has shaped the modern mystery genre more than any other writer. If you have any intention of writing mystery you have to read Chandler and the 1944 essay, The Simple Art of Murder, which opens this collection of his eight longish short stories, is a must-read for anyone who writes crime. You could quibble about Chandler's hardboiled style getting in the way of his precious "realistic" approach to writing detective stories (how absurd now it seems for his ch [...]

  9. Daniel Polansky

    Actually it might have been this book I read or it might have been another, but they all stand in together so fine. Anyway I went out to LA for a couple of weeks for different reasons and I obviously decided I needed to read a Chandler, and I picked this one up at the Last Bookstore in downtown LA (which is fine but quite frankly, yo, LA friends, if this is your answer to the Strand you don’t have an answer to the Strand.), and it’s fine. I had forgotten that Chandler reworked all of his sho [...]

  10. Jack

    Eighty years later, Raymond Chandler is still one of the Masters of Crime Novels and the "hard-boiled detective" genre. This book is a series of short stories, written in the 1930's and 40's, prefaced by an essay he wrote on writing crime fiction and gives the book its title.I've always been a fan of Chandler's "Phillip Marlowe" and of Dashiell Hammet's "Thin Man." I grew up reading these novels that were in my great grandfather's bookcase. He was an educator and high school principal/superinten [...]

  11. Angelica

    A very sub par collection of short stories. It's listed on FictFact as part of the Philip Marlowe series, and that's the only reason why I read it now. Maybe I shouldn't haveAll of these characters are proto-Marlowes. They have all of Marlowe's problems, and none of his qualities. The stories are very dated, uninteresting and badly developed.I couldn't even finish the essay. It seemed a very unnecessary and purposefully dense study of a subject that has already been developed further than descri [...]

  12. Kathy

    The essay on writers/writing was of interest. The collection of stories varied in interest for me. I don't mean to speak disrespectfully of writing by author who is held in such high esteem, but I struggle to get through the slang of the 30's. When it was written it had to have made sense to the reading public. For me, I stumble over each foreign expression, and that, I am certain, was not the intention of the author.

  13. William

    A very mixed bag of early Chandler, with one pretty good story, and another okay. The introduction The Simple Art of Murder is now badly dated, and a bit of a whine about other authors.Hemingway says somewhere that the good writer competes only with the dead. The good detective story writer (there must after all be a few) competes not only with all the unburied dead but with all the hosts of the living as well.1. Spanish BloodThis has all the elements of good noir, except characters you care abo [...]

  14. Lisa Ciarfella

    Mr. Chandler is simply put, the master!just doesn't get any better than this!Anyone who wants to write in this hardboiled, noir style vein simply must read this. And not just once!He writes scenes like no one else can. Present, fast paced, exciting, action packed, on the move!His characters are tough, and bleed out onto the page in your face as you read. Makes you feel like you're actually there in the midst of all the action with them, and that, is about as good as it gets!Will return to this o [...]

  15. Jessica

    Some authors struggle with the transition from novel to short story or from a series character to standalone, but not Chandler - the strengths of his Marlowe novels are reflected here even as his main shamus takes a breather. But the true highlight here is the opening essay, an excellent manifesto for hard-boiled fans everywhere.

  16. Douglas Cootey

    Although I am not a fan of crime novels, and although not every story in this anthology caught my fancy, I overall became a fan of how Chandler writes. Earlier notes that I posted as I worked my way through this book reveal how enamored I became with his deft skill at establishing setting, and his masterful way at defining characters with just a few scant lines. Chandler was a talented writer. I am very intrigued that his first crime short story was published when he was 45, and that his first n [...]

  17. Tim S.

    This isn't a bad collection of hard-boiled short stories but it's not a terribly interesting one either. While each tale stars a different protagonist, none of them Chandler's signature Philip Marlowe, they all might as well be the same character. Street smart, sharp tongued, tougher than anyone else in the room, yet all possessing a heart of gold beneath their hard-boiled exterior. The other characters who appear in these shorts are similarly stock, and the narratives themselves pretty formula. [...]

  18. Libby

    The only Raymond Chandler I'd read before this book was his inexplicably famous "The Big Sleep," which I thought was a load of toss. Fortunately, apart from the essay that gives this collection its name, some of this book isn't as awful as "The Big Sleep," though some of it is. High body counts and silly contrivances abound.Chandler's essay "The Simple Art of Murder" ought to be called, "why my mystery stories are better than everyone else's, especially those with the audacity to outsell me." It [...]

  19. Abbe

    From Library Journal Chandler is not only the best writer of hardboiled PI stories, he's one of the 20th century's top scribes, period. His full canon of novels and short stories is reprinted in trade paper featuring uniform covers in Black Lizard's signature style. A handsome set for a reasonable price. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.Review "Raymond Chandler is a master." --_The New York Times__?[Chandler] wrote as if pain hurt and life mattered.? --The New Yorker ?Chandler seems [...]

  20. Mike

    This collection of short stories by Raymond Chandler is accompanied with an essay by the same on how murder mysteries should be put together. He felt that murders should take place in the everyday settings where people tend to die, and be performed by persons whose reason might resolve them to kill. He lived in an era prior to ours and its fashionable gangsterism; back then it was impolite to speak frankly of death – low class — yet by inserting death into an otherwise typical middle-class s [...]

  21. Lisa Lawless

    The book begins with Chandler's Atlantic Monthly essay about detective novels which is followed by eight short stories. In the essay, he discussed the difficulty in creating a good detective story given that they tend to be about murder and given that there are so many such stories out there. They have to draw you in to an unfortunate situation and offer enough facts without error to keep you interested. He discussed Hammett as the master of this because of the style he introduced and his carefu [...]

  22. Daniel Simmons

    The sterling title essay is followed by a string of fun but fairly disposable pulp detective stories, full of characters cracking wise and jamming pistols into each other's sternums and whatnot. Best of the bunch is "Pearls are a Nuisance," whose hero is an exceedingly well-spoken alcoholic. His crime-solving adventure proves to be more tongue-in-cheek than hard-boiled.

  23. Bruce

    Read this book primarily for the essay of the same title included in this collection, which by itself is sufficient reason to pick up this book.

  24. Vivienne Strauss

    Enjoyable but needed definite breaks between the stories or they tended to meld together for me.

  25. Kiki Leonard

    If you only read one of these very short stories, read "Pearls are a Nuisance"because it's brilliant. :)

  26. Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -

    I really have no idea why this is included in the Phillip Marlowe cannon when he isn't mentioned once. Although the opening essay, The Simple Art of Murder, made it worth reading alone and not being a short story lover, I was surprised to enjoy the rest immensely. With all of the hard-boiled characters, I wonder if that was really L.A. at the time, the parts that Chandler saw, or an expansion of what was real and what readers wanted. There's no doubt that there were areas of L.A. life that were [...]

  27. Emmett

    Came for the name on the cover, a love for hard-boiled fiction and a soft spot for Philip Marlowe, and curiosity. Stayed for all of that. Even without Marlowe, the ride is still pretty good with Chandler. His short stories leave savory hints of the characters he may have worked with (mostly gritty types with reluctant but good hearts) if he had explored his options a bit more and not stopped at writing full-length novels of just Marlowe. The characters are quite indistinguishable (their names ar [...]

  28. Dave

    The essay, The Simple Art of Murder, presents Chandler’s rationale for the realistic presentation of the protagonist, his surroundings, friends, and nemeses in the mystery subgenre now called hard-boiled or noir fiction. This essay takes both the authors and stories of cozy and lock-room mysteries to task for their lack of realism as well as the complex artifices needed to support those mystery subgenres.This book which includes Chandler short fiction as well as the essay mentioned above is re [...]

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