The woman within the Lake is a vintage detective novel by way of the grasp of hard-boiled crime

Derace Kingsley's spouse ran away to Mexico to get a quickie divorce and marry a Casanova-wannabe named Chris Lavery. Or so the observe she left her husband insisted. hassle is, whilst Philip Marlowe asks Lavery approximately it he denies every little thing and sends the personal investigator packing with a flea lodged firmly in his ear. but if Marlowe subsequent encounters Lavery, he is denying not anything - because of the 2 bullet holes in his middle. Now Marlowe's at the path of a killer, who leads him out of smoggy los angeles the entire approach to a murky mountain lake . . .

'Anything Chandler writes approximately grips the brain from the 1st sentence' Daily Telegraph

'One of the best crime writers, who set criteria others nonetheless attempt to reach' Sunday Times

'Chandler is an unique stylist, author of a personality as immortal as Sherlock Holmes' Anthony Burgess

Best-known because the author of the unique deepest eye, Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler used to be born in Chicago in 1888 and died in 1959. lots of his books were tailored for the reveal, and he's broadly considered as one of many very maximum writers of detective fiction. His books contain The massive Sleep, The Little Sister, Farewell, My Lovely, The lengthy Good-bye, The woman within the Lake, Playback, Killer within the Rain, The excessive Window and Trouble is My Business.

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It used to be buttoned tight to the man’s thick neck and undecorated by way of a tie. His hair was once mousy-brown other than on the temples, the place it used to be the color of previous snow. He sat extra on his left hip than his correct, simply because there has been a hip holster down inside of his correct hip pocket, and a half-foot of forty-five gun reared up and bored into his reliable again. The celebrity on his left breast had an inclination element. He had huge ears and pleasant eyes and his jaws munched slowly and he seemed as risky as a squirrel and lots more and plenty much less apprehensive. I cherished every little thing approximately him. I leaned at the counter and checked out him and he checked out me and nodded and loosed part a pint of tobacco juice down his correct leg into the spittoon. It made a foul sound of whatever falling into water. I lit a cigarette and regarded around for an ash-tray. ‘Try the ground, son,’ the massive pleasant guy stated. ‘Are you Sheriff Patton? ’ ‘Constable and deputy-sheriff. What legislation we acquired to have round the following I’m it. Come election in any case. There’s a number of sturdy boys operating opposed to me this time and that i may possibly get whupped. activity can pay 80 a month, cabin, firewood and electrical energy. That ain’t hay in those little outdated mountains. ’ ‘Nobody’s going to whip you,’ I acknowledged. ‘You’re going to get loads of exposure. ’ ‘That so? ’ he requested indifferently and ruined the spittoon back. ‘That is, in the event that your jurisdiction extends over to Little Fawn Lake. ’ ‘Kingsley’s position. convinced. whatever bothering over there, son? ’ ‘There’s a lifeless lady within the lake. ’ That shook him to the center. He unclasped his arms and scratched one ear. He bought to his ft through greedy the fingers of his chair and deftly kicking it again from below him. status up he used to be a tremendous guy and difficult. The fats used to be simply cheerfulness. ‘Anybody i do know? ’ he inquired uneasily. ‘Muriel Chess. i assume you recognize her. invoice Chess’s spouse. ’ ‘Yep, i do know invoice Chess. ’ His voice hardened a bit. ‘Looks like suicide. She left a notice which sounded as though she was once simply going away. however it can be a suicide notice simply to boot. She’s now not great to examine. Been within the water many years, a couple of month judging through the situations. ’ He scratched his different ear. ‘What situations could that be? ’ His eyes have been looking out my face now, slowly and lightly, yet looking out. He didn’t appear in any hurry to blow his whistle. ‘They had a struggle a month in the past. invoice went over to the north shore of the lake and was once long past a few hours. whilst he obtained domestic she used to be long past. He by no means observed her back. ’ ‘I see. who're you, son? ’ ‘My identify is Marlowe. I’m up from L. A. to examine the valuables. I had a observe from Kingsley to invoice Chess. He took me round the lake and we went out on that little pier the motion picture humans outfitted. We have been leaning at the rail and searching down into the water and whatever that gave the impression of an arm waved out less than the submerged floor, the outdated boat touchdown. invoice dropped a heavy rock in and the physique popped up. ’ Patton checked out me with no relocating a muscle. ‘Look, sheriff, hadn’t we greater run over there? The man’s half-crazy with surprise and he’s there on their own. ’ ‘How a lot liquor has he bought?

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