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The High Window by Raymond Chandler

The High Window (1942)

by Raymond Chandler

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Series: Philip Marlowe (3)

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Old woman hires Marlowe to find a missing coin and her daughter-in-law. ( )
  margaretfield | Jul 1, 2018 |
A private detective follows a stolen coin to find some murders.

4/4 (Great).

The story is completely forgettable, but it sure is fun to read. ( )
  comfypants | May 26, 2018 |
Synopsis: Marlowe is hired by an older woman to get back a rare coin from her daughter-in-law. He is not to tell her son. As Marlowe searches for the coin he finds three murders and a slightly crazy secretary.
Review: Because of the dated language, I had some difficulty following what was happening in some instances. It was an average story; slightly interesting. ( )
  DrLed | May 10, 2018 |
Hmmmm -- better than 4 stars but I am not quite sure it should get the whole 5 so 4½ it is!

A wealthy widow wants some stolen property returned but for the thief not to be prosecuted because she is convinced that the theft was done by her daughter-in-law. The client & other people in this book are all unattractive in one way or another but what made me like this mystery so much is the way Chandler shows you what life is like for Marlowe running a one-man detective agency with some scruples. The plot is convoluted yet realistic (more realistic than the first 2 books in the series I think). ( )
  leslie.98 | Apr 27, 2018 |
WooHoo! Its a Raymond Chandler Book. So my initial thoughts on this book is that it follows the detective noir genre to a tee... and then I remember this is the guy who invented the genre (with a few others), so...... this is one of the ORIGINAL detective novel, not a derivative knock off.

Of course, we have a cynical detective with a ratty office, a missing rare coin belonging to a matriarch of rich family, and the local crime syndicate makes an appearance. Its well written, kept my interest, and the mystery truly was a mystery until the end of the book. At times, the main mystery (the missing coin) got lost in the story, and while it was solved at the end, it was tacked on, not integrated very well.

The book is of its time - stereotypes about, from the naive young women, to the conspiring matron. Of course, it was originally written in 1942, so that is expected. As for the setting, it didn't feel that dated. Outside of the lack of land lines and computers, it could be set in the modern. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Dec 20, 2017 |
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Raymond Chandlerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Adams, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
HavankTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kauffer, E. McKnightCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zwartjes, RenéeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The house was on Dresden Avenue in the Oak Noll section of Pasadena, a big solid cool-looking house with burgundy brick walls, a terra cotta tile roof, and a white stone trim.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0394758269, Paperback)

A wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law with a past, and a gold coin worth a small fortune—the elements don't quite add up until Marlowe discovers evidence of murder, rape, blackmail, and the worst kind of human exploitation.

"Raymond Chandler is a star of the first magnitude."-- Erle Stanley Gardner

"Raymond Chandler has given us a detective who is hard-boiled enough to be convincing . . . and that is no mean achievement." -- The New York Times

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A wealthy Pasadena widow with a mean streak, a missing daughter-in-law with a past, and a gold coin worth a small fortune -- the elements don't quite add up until Marlowe discovers evidence of murder, rape, blackmail, and the worst kind of human exploitation.… (more)

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