|Cover of the 1971 Ballantine edition|
I looked down with him into the water at the edge of the submerged staging.I guess I should apologize for this, but I had a lot of trouble settling on just one teaser, so I'm including a few more. Chandler's work is always so full of quotable lines, it's really hard to choose.
Languidly at the edge of this green and sunken shelf of wood something waved out from the darkness, hesitated, waved back again out of sight under the flooring.
The something had looked far too much like a human arm. (Chapter 6, Loc.624)
"I don't like your manner," Kingsley said in a voice you could have cracked a Brazil nut on.Good stuff.
"That's all right," I said, "I'm not selling it." (Chapter 1, Loc.98)
The self-operating elevator was carpeted in red plush. It had an elderly perfume in it, like three widows drinking tea. (Chapter 23, Loc.2047)
Degarmo spun on his heel and looked at me wonderingly, "Did he say 'whom'?"
"Yeah, but don't hit him," I said. "There is such a word." (Chapter 35, Loc.2833)
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