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The Lady in the Lake (1943)

by Raymond Chandler

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Series: Philip Marlowe (4)

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A couple of missing wives--one a rich man's and one a poor man's--become the objects of Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care.

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The Lady In The Lake (1943) (Marlowe #4) by Raymond Chandler. Here we find our hero mostly on unfamiliar grounds, off and away from the L.A. he usually haunts. This is Marlowe on a missing person case that drags him out to Texas and other environs. A rich woman skipped out on her husband a month ago. She did send him a telegram announcing she and her boyfriend were off to marry after her divorce.
Kingsley, the husband, doesn’t much care about the wife, Crystal, and still doesn’t, but he now faces a problem. Kingsley meets up with the beau, Chris, who tells him he didn’t run off with Crystal. So where did she go? And did she send the telegram or a yet unknown third party? And just what exactly is going on, or is there some plot against Kingsley that he has to defend against, a plot he can’t see yet.
Marlowe knows that he has been lied to by Kingsley but he doesn’t know what part of the fairy tale is the lie. The cops he meets don’t like him and make life very rough, but to Marlowe that’s just how the cops are, always looking for an easy fall guy on tough cases.
There is a woman’s body, but it is not Crystal’s, and there are more people lying to Marlowe,and a couple of beatings to be handed out all around, but nothing daunts Marlowe’s persistence when he is on the case. If you are looking for a good plot, take your pick as there seems to be several, each heading it’s own direction. But it is Marlowe, and the prose is the allure here, as always, and things manage to work out to satisfaction, although this one will leave you a bit puzzled. Still very worth reading and not to be missed. ( )
  TomDonaghey | Dec 15, 2021 |
Marlowe is employed by Derace Kingsley to find his missing wife Crystal. She has been missing for a month and last seen he blieves at their cabin in Puma Point. When Marlowe visits the cabin he discovers another missing wife. The case gets more complicated from then onwards.
Another very enjoyable and well-written historical crime story. A re-read ( )
  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
Another excellent Marlowe mystery. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Seleccions de la cua de palla
  Segudet | Dec 17, 2020 |
Phillip Marlowe is hired to find one man's wife and ends up finding the body of another man's wife. The plot is predicitable, but like all of his stories, plot isn't the point. Once again, it is his language, his unique way of putting words together that draw me back to Chandler again and again. ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
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The Treloar Building was, and is, on Olive Street, near Sixth, on the west side. The sidewalk in front of it had been built of black and white rubber blocks. They were taking them up now to give to the government, and a hatless pale man with a face like a building superintendent was watching the work and looking as if it was breaking his heart.
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A couple of missing wives--one a rich man's and one a poor man's--become the objects of Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care.

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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0140108947, 0141399333, 0241956323


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