A luscious mantrap

Raymond Chandler The Lady in the Lake Literature Mystery novels booksRecently, The Paris Review’s tumblr did a small piece on the 125th anniversary of Raymond Chandler‘s birth. The piece featured a photo of the original cover of his novel The Big Sleep, the book that first brought us Philip Marlowe, private eye.

The caption on the cover, below, is too good to be true. “A luscious mantrap leads Philip Marlowe to a West Coast murder wave!”

On my next visit to a book store I of course had to get a copy. Sadly, The Big Sleep was sold out, so I got The Lady in the Lake instead, which was great. Above is a quote from this last mystery novel. Luscious man and women traps seem to be a recurring theme in his work; all the more reason to keep reading.

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