Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teaser Tuesdays: The High Window

Well, thanks to Raymond Chandler and the Vintage Mystery Bingo Challenge, my annoying several-month-long reading slump seems to have ended.  This week I've finished two of Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels, and I'm getting set to start Trouble Is My Business, one of the story collections. I've always loved the Marlowe character in films, but I had only read two of the novels. So I'm planning to read all the rest of them this year.

This snippet is from The High Window, the third book in the series, first published in 1942. I'm not sure about page numbers, since I read this one on the Kindle, but it's from around the middle of Chapter 5 (Location 546, if that helps).
From thirty feet away she looked like a lot of class. From ten feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from thirty feet away.
Such a wonderfully typical Marlowe line!  (A few sentences on, he adds "Her hair was as artificial as a night club lobby.") And a little like Jim Rockford, too. (So sad, losing James Garner this week.)

An early paperback edition

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  1. I'm a big fan of mysteries. Yes, Maverick and Rockford, two great characters.

    Mine this week is from a novelization by Barbara Hambly of the old tv series Beauty and the Beast. http://wp.me/pZnGI-9M

  2. I love that description! I've never read any of Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels, but I've obviously been missing some good writing.
    My Teaser is from KEEPING FAITH.

  3. Love the excerpts! And I miss the days of The Rockford Files...so sad about James Garner.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. Great teaser! I love film noir, and have seen a couple of the Marlow movies, but have yet to read any of the books. I should really search some of them out. Mine: Mr. Monk Gets on Board


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