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Fifty Years, Five Books and The Big Sweep

Written by jen, 26th March 2009

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the greatest detective fiction writer of the last century, Raymond Chandler. We're marking this event by giving away a set of five Chandler hardbacks (reissued by Hamish Hamilton with their original first edition cover art) at 17.30pm in Liverpool Lime Street Station. Click here to find out how you can win.

In Chandler's books the tough, modern world of twentieth century Los Angeles is channeled through the much older worldview of Philip Marlowe, a detective who laments the upending of a romantic code of honour and courtly love.

Click here to read Chris Routledge's article 'Chandler's Reverse Romances' in full.

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