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Athanasourelis, John Paul. RAYMOND CHANDLER'S PHILIP MARLOWE: The Hard-Boiled Detective Transformed . NEW copy, trade paperback, 6x9. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2011). BibliographY, index.
~~~ Since their inception, detective novels have been a wildly successful genre of American fiction, featuring a uniquely American belief in rugged individualism. This book focuses on Raymond Chandler’s creation of Philip Marlowe, a detective whose feeling for community and willingness to compromise radically changed the genre’s vigilantism and violence. It compares Chandler’s work to early and mid-20th century American detective novels, particularly those by John Carroll Daly, Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett and Ross Macdonald, as well as contemporary British detective fiction, highlighting Chandler’s contribution to the American genre.

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THE BIG SLEEP DVD. (Warner Home Video). Fullscreen, black & white, 114 minutes. Closed caption.
~~~ L.A. private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphry Bogart) takes on a blackmail case and follows a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more. Director Howard Hawks serves up snappy character encounters (particularly between Bogart & Bacall), and atmosphere galore. Includes two versions, the familiar 1946 release and the less-familiar 1945 pre-release version.

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Chandler, Raymond, STORIES AND EARLY NOVELS: Pulp Stories; The Big Sleep; Farewell, My Lovely; The High Window . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Library of America, 1995). 5x8. 1216 pp.

~~~ In Raymond Chandler's hands, the pulp crime story became a haunting mystery of power and corruption, set against a modern cityscape both lyrical and violent. With humor, and an unerring sense of dialogue and the telling detail he created a fictional universe out of the dark side of sunlit Los Angeles. In the process, he transformed both the crime novel and American writing. Stories and Early Novels includes the first three novels featuring Chandler's great creation, private eye Philip Marlow: tough, disillusioned, and sensitive. In The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely, and The High WIndow, Marlow's investigations lead him from Los Angeles shanties and honkey tonks to the highest reaches of power, encountering a world of gangsters and crooked politicans, lost souls and small-time operators. Thirteen stories from the pulp magazines Black Mask and Dime Detective include such classics as "Red Wind" and "Trouble Is My Business." The volume, with its companion, Later Novels and Other Writings, comprise the most comprehensive edition available of America's greatest mystery writer. .

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Chandler, Raymond, THE BRASHER DOUBLOON (THE HIGH WINDOW) . VG/VG. Very nice jacket with no chipping, creases or fading. Jacket in mylar. Pages browned. (Cleveland and New York: World Publishing Company, 1946). Photoplay edition, second World Publishing Company edition, and first edition with this title. The photoplay edition of Chandler's The High Window, the title which appears on the book itself, but with the promotional jacket for the 1947 film directed by John Brahm, and featuring George Montgomery, Nancy Guild, and Conrad Janis.

~~~ " . . . Sardonic, quietly cynical, cold and merciless when he has to be, but gruffly compassionate toward the victims of evil . . ."

$150.00

Chandler, Raymond, FAREWELL MY LOVELY. VG+. Unusually clean, tight copy of fragile wartime paperback. (New York: Pocket Books, 1943). First Printing.

~~~ " . . . This is a thrilling story – shockingly realistic – of a world in which viciousness is normal. In it you will find Philip Marlowe, Private Detective, and a rare rogue’s gallery of unbeautiful characters, including: a giant who did not know his own strength; a Negro who ends up with a broken neck; a gin-drinking drab with a fine new radio; a ravishingly beautiful blonde with a rich and sadly tolerant husband, but no morals; an Indian with the shoulders of a blacksmith and the legs of a chimpanzee; a charlatan who calls himself a psychic consultant; a doctor with a plug-ugly for an assistant; a gambler; and an honest cop and several crooked ones . . ."

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Gale, Robert L. CHARACTERS AND PLOTS IN THE FICTION OF RAYMOND CHANDLER . NEW copy, trade paperback, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2011). BibliographY, index, 232 pp.
~~~ Raymond Chandler was a pioneer of what came to be known as hard-boiled mystery-detective fiction. His Philip Marlowe is America’s tough, realistic equivalent to Victorian England’s more refined Sherlock Holmes. This reference work includes hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries for Chandler’s individual novels and short stories, his characters, family members, and professional acquaintances. Entries for fiction provide plot synopses, identification of characters, and brief critical commentaries. Longer entries cite numerous critical works for further reading.

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Effron, Malcah. THE MILLENNIAL DETECTIVE: Essays on Trends in Crime Fiction, Film and Television, 1990-2010 . NEW copy, trade paperback, 6x9. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2011). Foreward by Stephen Knight. Notes, bibliographies, index, 200 pp.
~~~ International in scope and varied in its theoretical approaches, this collection of ten critical essays examines the prevailing trends in recent crime fiction. Of particular interest are shifting, and increasingly globalized, conceptions of crime, as well as the genre’s response to technological, legal, and social changes at the end of the twentieth century. Employing critical tools new to crime fiction studies, the essays also gesture toward a future for genre scholarship.

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Geherin, David, SCENE OF THE CRIME: The Importance of Place in Crime and Mystery Fiction. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2008). Bibliography, index, 216 pp.
~~~ Offering analysis of the fiction of 15 authors, this book focuses on the many ways that setting and place figure in modern crime and mystery novels. After an introductory chapter dealing with a general consideration of place in fiction, subsequent chapters consider the works of recent mystery writers for whom setting greatly contributes to overall literary style. ___ From best-selling U.S. authors Walter Mosley, Carl Hiaasen, and James Lee Burke to international favorites Georges Simenon and Paco Ignacio Taibo II, the author ranges widely among the most acclaimed writers of recent mystery fiction. Topics explored include the afro-centric urban Los Angeles environment in Walter Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress, the small-town exoticism of James Lee Burke’s southern Louisiana in The Neon Rain, and the gritty South African setting of James McClure’s The Steam Pig.

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Glassman, Steve (ed). FLORIDA CRIME WRITERS: 24 Interviews. NEW copy, trade paperback, 6x9. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2008). Bibliographies, index, 250 pp.
~~~ This book examines 24 crime novelists who set their work in the Sunshine State. From James W. Hall’s Under Cover of Daylight in the Florida Keys, to Barbara Parker’s Suspicion of Betrayal in Miami to Tim Dorsey’s Florida Roadkill at Cape Canaveral and Tampa, these writers and their works span all of Florida’s 67 counties. A biographical sketch of each author precedes an interview by a critic who has immersed him- or herself in the novelist’s works, producing interview--essays of noteworthy perception and insight.

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Hammett, Dashiell, COMPLETE NOVELS: Red Harvest; The Dain Curse; The Maltese Falcon; The Glass Key; The Thin Man . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Library of America, 1999). 5x8. 967 pp.

~~~ The five Hammett novels collected here, published between 1929 and 1934, created archetypal characters and established the ground rules and characteristic tone for a whole tradition of hardboiled writing.

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Panek, LeRoy Lad, READING EARLY HAMMETT: A Critical Study of the Fiction Prior to The Maltese Falcon. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2004). Chronology, bibliography, index, 219 pp.
~~~ Dashiell Hammett, like most successful writers, honed his skills in the trenches. Long before The Maltese Falcon and The Thin Man made him a household name, Hammett developed his technique writing satirical magazine pieces, then moved on to churn out tales of sex, crime and adventure for pulp magazines. Characters like Sam Spade and Nick and Nora Charles made him famous, but Hammett perfected his style—and created the first hard-boiled detective fiction—writing stories and novels about an anonymous, middle-aged detective, known as the Continental Op. ~~~ This detailed examination of the early works of Dashiell Hammett takes a new look at one of the 20th century’s most influential crime writers and his creation of the hard-boiled detective story. Each chapter covers an element of Hammett’s early writing career—his magazine fiction; the Continental Op’s development as a character; the Continental Op novels; and the last Continental Op stories. A concluding chapter provides afterthoughts on Hammett’s career, style and place in the history of detective fiction. A chronology of works cited, a bibliography and an index supplement the text.

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Knight, Stephen. THE MYSTERIES OF THE CITIES: Urban Crime fiction in the Nineteenth Century. NEW copy, trade paperback, 6x9. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2011). Photographs, notes, bibliography, index.
~~~ A popular crime genre in the nineteenth century, urban mysteries have largely been ignored ever since. This historical and critical text examines the origins of the innovative genre, which sought to grapple with the rise of enormous, anonymous cities, beginning in France in 1842, then spreading rapidly across the continent and into America and Australia. Writers covered include Eugene Sue, George Reynolds, George Lippard, "Ned Buntline" and Donald Cameron.

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Not yet published; available Winter 2011.


Moore, Lewis D., CRACKING THE HARD-BOILED DETECTIVE: A Critical History from the 1920s to the Present. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2006). Bibliography, index, 306 pp.
~~~ The hard-boiled private detective is among the most recognizable characters in popular fiction since the 1920s—a tough product of a violent world, in which police forces are inadequate and people with money can choose private help when facing threatening circumstances. Though a relatively recent arrival, the hard-boiled detective has undergone steady development and assumed diverse forms. ~~~ This critical study analyzes the character of the hard-boiled detective, from literary antecedents through the early 21st century. It follows change in the novels through three main periods: the Early (roughly 1927–1955), during which the character was defined by such writers as Carroll John Daly, Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler; the Transitional, evident by 1964 in the works of John D. MacDonald and Michael Collins, and continuing to around 1977 via Joseph Hansen, Bill Pronzini and others; and the Modern, since the late 1970s, during which such writers as Loren D. Estleman, Liza Cody, Sara Paretsky, Sue Grafton and many others have expanded the genre and the detective character. Themes such as violence, love and sexuality, friendship, space and place, and work are examined throughout the text.

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Polito, Robert (ed), CRIME NOVELS: American Noir of the 1950s . NEW copy, hardcover with dust jacket. (Library of America, 1997). 5x8. 900 pp.

~~~ Exploring themes of crime, guilt, deception, obsessive passion, murder, and the disintegrating psyche, this volume gathers the best crime novels of the era, at once disturbing, poetic, anarchic, and powerfully evocative of a lost age - The Killer Inside Me, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Pick-Up, Down There, and The Real Cool Killers.

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Rippeloe, Rita Elizabeth, BOOZE AND THE PRIVATE EYE: Alcohol in the Hard-Boiled Novel. NEW copy, trade PAPERBACK, 7x10. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2004). Bibliography, index, 215 pp.
~~~ The hard-bitten PI with a bottle of bourbon in his desk drawer—it’s an image as old as the genre of hard-boiled detective fiction itself. Alcohol has long been an important element of detective fiction, but it is no mere prop. Rather, the treatment of alcohol within the works informs and illustrates the detective’s moral code, and casts light upon the society’s attitudes towards drink. ~~~ This examination of the role of alcohol in hard-boiled detective fiction begins with the genre’s birth, in an era strongly influenced and affected by Prohibition, and follows both the genre’s development and its relation to our changing understanding of and attitudes towards alcohol and alcoholism. It discusses the works of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, Robert B. Parker, Lawrence Block, Marcia Muller, Karen Kijewski and Sue Grafton. There are bibliographies of both the primary and critical texts, and an index of authors and works.

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Van Dover, J.K. MAKING THE DETECTIVE STORY AMERICAN: Biggers, Van Dine and Hammett and the Turning Point of the Genre, 1925-1930 . NEW copy, trade paperback, 6x9. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2010). Appendices, filmography, notes, bibliographY, index, 231 pp..
~~~ Since their inception, detective novels have been a wildly successful genre of American fiction, featuring a uniquely American belief in rugged individualism. This book focuses on Raymond Chandler’s creation of Philip Marlowe, a detective whose feeling for community and willingness to compromise radically changed the genre’s vigilantism and violence. It compares Chandler’s work to early and mid-20th century American detective novels, particularly those by John Carroll Daly, Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett and Ross Macdonald, as well as contemporary British detective fiction, highlighting Chandler’s contribution to the American genre.

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