Raymond Chandler Books

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Generally, the Great Depression was a disastrous phenomenon. However, it was a blessing in disguise for Raymond Chandler as it prompted him to put pen to paper and kick-started something that ultimately segued into an illustrious writing career. For starters, Raymond Chandler was a US man of letters, scenarist, First World War-era soldier, and one-time journalist. The penman, whose legal name was Raymond Thornton Chandler, was born in July 1888 in Chicago upon Illinois.

Order of Philip Marlowe Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Big Sleep 1939 Description / Buy
2 Farewell, My Lovely 1940 Description / Buy
3 The High Window 1942 Description / Buy
4 The Lady in the Lake 1943 Description / Buy
5 The Little Sister 1949 Description / Buy
6 The Long Goodbye 1953 Description / Buy
7 Playback 1958 Description / Buy
8 Poodle Springs ( With: Robert B. Parker) 1989 Description / Buy
9 Perchance to Dream ( By: Robert B. Parker) 1991 Description / Buy
10 The Black-Eyed Blonde ( By: Benjamin Black) 2014 Description / Buy
11 Only to Sleep ( By: Lawrence Osborne) 2018 Description / Buy
12 The Goodbye Coast ( By: Joe Ide) 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Philip Marlowe Collections

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1 Trouble is My Business 1939 Description / Buy

Order of Raymond Chandler Screenplays

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1 Double Indemnity ( With: Billy Wilder) 1944 Description / Buy
2 The Blue Dahlia 1976 Description / Buy

Order of Raymond Chandler Short Story Collections

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1 Killer in the Rain 1935 Description / Buy
2 Five Sinister Characters 1939 Description / Buy
3 Pearls are a Nuisance 1950 Description / Buy
4 The Simple Art of Murder 1950 Description / Buy
5 Pickup on Noon Street 1957 Description / Buy
6 Smart-Aleck Kill 1958 Description / Buy
7 The Smell of Fear 1965 Description / Buy
8 The Midnight Raymond Chandler 1971 Description / Buy

Order of Raymond Chandler Non-Fiction Books

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1 The Notebooks of Raymond Chandler 1976 Description / Buy
2 Selected Letters 1981 Description / Buy
3 The World of Raymond Chandler 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Akashic Noir Series

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1 San Francisco Noir ( By:) 2002 Description / Buy
2 Seattle Noir ( By: Curt Colbert) 2003 Description / Buy
3 Bronx Noir ( By: S J Rozan) 2003 Description / Buy
4 Brooklyn Noir ( By:) 2004 Description / Buy
5 D.C. Noir ( By: George Pelecanos) 2005 Description / Buy
6 Chicago Noir ( By: Neal Pollack) 2005 Description / Buy
7 Baltimore Noir ( By: Laura Lippman) 2006 Description / Buy
8 New Orleans Noir ( By: Laura Lippman, , Julie Smith, Ace Atkins, Barbara Hambly, , David Fulmer, Jervey Tervalon, , , , James Nolan) 2007 Description / Buy
9 Los Angeles Noir ( By: Christopher Rice) 2007 Description / Buy
10 Wall Street Noir ( By: Peter Spiegelman) 2007 Description / Buy
11 Havana Noir ( By:) 2007 Description / Buy
12 Detroit Noir ( By: P.J. Parrish) 2007 Description / Buy
13 D.C. Noir 2 ( By: George Pelecanos) 2008 Description / Buy
14 Queens Noir ( By: Jill Eisenstadt) 2008 Description / Buy
15 Las Vegas Noir ( By:) 2008 Description / Buy
16 Trinidad Noir ( By:) 2008 Description / Buy
17 Istanbul Noir ( By: Tarkan Barlas) 2008 Description / Buy
18 Paris Noir ( By: Aurélien Masson) 2008 Description / Buy
19 San Francisco Noir 2 ( By:) 2009 Description / Buy
20 Portland Noir ( By:) 2009 Description / Buy
21 Delhi Noir ( By:) 2009 Description / Buy
22 Phoenix Noir ( By: Diana Gabaldon) 2009 Description / Buy
23 Los Angeles Noir 2 ( With: Joseph Hansen, James Ellroy, Ross Macdonald, Margaret Millar, James M. Cain, Walter Mosley, William Gault, Leigh Brackett, Naomi Hirahara, Chester Himes, Jervey Tervalon, , Denise Hamilton) 2010 Description / Buy
24 Mexico City Noir ( By: Paco Ignacio Taibo II) 2010 Description / Buy
25 Richmond Noir ( By: Tom De Haven, Clay McLeod Chapman) 2010 Description / Buy
26 Orange County Noir ( By: T. Jefferson Parker, Dick Lochte, Gary Phillips, Robert S. Levinson, , , , Gordon McAlpine, Nathan Walpow) 2010 Description / Buy
27 Indian Country Noir ( By: Sarah Cortez) 2010 Description / Buy
28 Moscow Noir ( By: Irina Denezhkina) 2010 Description / Buy
29 Philadelphia Noir ( By:) 2010 Description / Buy
30 Lone Star Noir ( By: Joe R. Lansdale) 2010 Description / Buy
31 Haiti Noir ( By: Edwidge Danticat) 2010 Description / Buy
32 Copenhagen Noir ( By: Gunnar Staalesen) 2010 Description / Buy
33 Pittsburgh Noir ( By:) 2011 Description / Buy
34 Barcelona Noir ( By:) 2011 Description / Buy
35 Cape Cod Noir ( By: Dana Cameron) 2011 Description / Buy
36 Kingston Noir ( By: Patricia Powell, , , , , Marlon James) 2012 Description / Buy
37 Venice Noir ( By: Michael Gregorio) 2012 Description / Buy
38 St. Petersburg Noir ( By: Pavel Krusanov) 2012 Description / Buy
39 Kansas City Noir ( By:) 2012 Description / Buy
40 Boston Noir 2 ( By:) 2012 Description / Buy
41 Staten Island Noir ( By: Bill Loehfelm) 2012 Description / Buy
42 New York City Noir: The Five Borough Set ( By: S J Rozan) 2012 Description / Buy
43 USA Noir ( By: Megan Abbott) 2013 Description / Buy
44 Haiti Noir 2 ( By: Edwidge Danticat) 2013 Description / Buy
45 Helsinki Noir ( By: James Thompson) 2014 Description / Buy
46 Prison Noir ( By: Joyce Carol Oates) 2014 Description / Buy
47 Tel Aviv Noir ( By:) 2014 Description / Buy
48 Providence Noir ( By: Amity Gaige, Ann Hood, Elizabeth Strout, Bruce DeSilva, Luanne Rice, , Marie Myung-Ok Lee, John Searles) 2015 Description / Buy
49 Chicago Noir: The Classics ( By: Joe Meno) 2015 Description / Buy
50 Zagreb Noir ( By: Nada Gaši?) 2015 Description / Buy
51 Buffalo Noir ( By:) 2015 Description / Buy
52 Marseille Noir ( By: Salim Hatubou) 2015 Description / Buy
53 Beirut Noir ( By: Abbas Beydoun) 2015 Description / Buy
54 Stockholm Noir ( By: Nathan Larson) 2016 Description / Buy
55 Rio Noir ( By:) 2016 Description / Buy
56 Brussels Noir ( By:) 2016 Description / Buy
57 Mississippi Noir ( By: Tom Franklin, Megan Abbott, Ace Atkins, Michael Farris Smith, , , , John M. Floyd, , , William Boyle, , , Michael Kardos, , , Chris Offutt) 2016 Description / Buy
58 St. Louis Noir ( By: Scott Phillips) 2016 Description / Buy
59 Prague Noir ( By:) 2016 Description / Buy
60 San Juan Noir ( By:) 2016 Description / Buy
61 Oakland Noir ( By:) 2017 Description / Buy
62 Atlanta Noir ( By: Tananarive Due, , Jennifer Harlow) 2017 Description / Buy
63 Montana Noir ( By: James Grady) 2017 Description / Buy
64 Buenos Aires Noir ( By: Ernesto Mallo) 2017 Description / Buy
65 São Paulo Noir ( By:) 2018 Description / Buy
66 Vancouver Noir ( By: Sam Wiebe) 2018 Description / Buy
67 Hong Kong Noir ( By:) 2018 Description / Buy
68 Amsterdam Noir ( By: Josh Pachter) 2019 Description / Buy
69 Houston Noir ( By:) 2019 Description / Buy
70 Milwaukee Noir ( By: Reed Farrel Coleman) 2019 Description / Buy
71 Nairobi Noir ( By:) 2020 Description / Buy
72 Alabama Noir ( By: Carolyn Haines, Tom Franklin, Ace Atkins, Winston Groom, , , Michelle Richmond) 2020 Description / Buy
73 Tampa Bay Noir ( By: Ace Atkins) 2020 Description / Buy
74 Addis Ababa Noir ( By: Maaza Mengiste) 2020 Description / Buy
75 Belgrade Noir ( By:) 2020 Description / Buy
76 Miami Noir ( By: James Carlos Blake, Elmore Leonard, , Edna Buchanan, , , , Zora Neale Hurston, , Charles Willeford, T.J. MacGregor, Brett Halliday, Lester Dent, Christine Kling, , Carolina Garcia-Aguilera) 2020 Description / Buy
77 Accra Noir ( By:) 2020 Description / Buy
78 Speculative Los Angeles ( By: Duane Swierczynski, Stephen Blackmoore, , , Ben H. Winters, Charles Yu, , , Denise Hamilton, , S. Qiouyi Lu) 2021 Description / Buy
79 Paris Noir: The Suburbs ( By:) 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Raymond Chandler Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Goldfish (Short Story) 1981 Description / Buy
2 The Man Who Liked Dogs (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy
3 Red Wind 2009 Description / Buy

Raymond Chandler Anthologies

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1 Great Law and Order Stories 1990 Description / Buy
2 The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories 1996 Description / Buy
3 The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century 2000 Description / Buy
4 Pulp Fiction - The Dames 2008 Description / Buy
5 Books to Die For 2012 Description / Buy
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The scribbler spent his early childhood in Plattsmouth upon Nebraska and later on his single mother relocated the family to England wherein Chandler schooled at the London-based Dulwich College. Chandler, who passed away in March 1959, died in La Jolla upon California. In the run-up to his death, Chandler presided over Mystery Writers of America. Chandler’s niche was mystery (notably hard-boiled sub-genre) and thriller genres.

To labor the point, circumstances triggered Raymond Chandler’s writing ambitions. The decade-long economic crisis inconvenienced many employees among the Chandler who by then worked in the oil industry, holding an executive position in an oil firm. Chandler initially wrote poems before writing narrative prose.

An autodidactic learner, Raymond Chandler studied a plot formula written by Erle Stanley Gardner. Long story short, Raymond Chandler wrote his first noteworthy work, a short story, in the early 1930s and a pulp magazine published it. In the context of writing novels, Chandler debuted in 1939. Chandler ended up writing seven novel-length books and many short stories.

Raymond Chandler is renowned for penning Philip Marlowe series. The aforementioned series is composed of eight major works. There are 228 editions of the first book in the serialized work. The first edition was originally published in February 1939, titled The Big Sleep; the book is shelved under the mystery (particularly detective and noir sub-genres), fiction, crime, and classics genres.

The central character is named Philip Marlowe. Protagonist Marlowe is a six-footer, smoker, and alcoholic private eye; Marlowe likes coffee and plays chess. Marlowe’s place of birth is Santa Rosa upon California but his age varies from one novel to another. For instance, the first book points out that he is in his early thirties. Another installment in the series, which is set nearly one and a half decades later, shows that he is in his early forties. Despite the discrepancies, Chandler once stated that Marlowe was aged 38 as of April 1951.

The turning point in Raymond Chandler’s debut, The Big Sleep, is the moment detective Philip Marlowe is recruited by a certain ailing General Sternwood who is grappling with a blackmail issue concerning his daughter, a party animal named Carmen. The ensuing story as Marlowe goes into the murky world of organized crime, travels to places strewn with corpses, and leaves dead people in his wake, is intriguing in this hard-boiled award-nominated debut.

Raymond Chandler Awards

In 1955, Raymond Chandler clinched the Edgar Award for his book named The Long Goodbye. In 2000, Chandler was posthumously nominated for the Anthony Award, in the Novel of the Century category, thanks to his 1939 book The Big Sleep. Did you know that there is an Italian literary award named after Raymond Chandler?

Raymond Chandler Books into Movies

These are the most notable film adaptations of Raymond Chandler’s work. In the 1946 film titled The Big Sleep, the starring is Humphrey Bogart who portrays Philip Marlowe. In the 1975 film titled Farewell, My Lovely, Robert Mitchum appears as Philip Marlowe. In the 1973 film The Long Goodbye, Elliot Gould acts as Marlowe’s role. In the 1969 film Marlowe, based on the Chandler’s 1949 book The Little Sister, James Garner appears as Philip Marlowe. Robert Montgomery appears as Marlowe in the 1949 film Lady in the Lake. Dick Powell is Marlowe in the 1944 film titled Murder, My Sweet.

Best Raymond Chandler Books

The Big Sleep aside, these are the other two best books in Raymond Chandler’s bibliography.

The Long Goodbye: hereby, Marlowe makes an ill-thought move when he makes acquaintance with a damnable war veteran, prompting both law enforcers and criminals to come after him.

Farewell, My Lovely: Marlowe’s involvement with a prison escapee puts him at the center of a series of murders, organized crime, and an out-and-out corrupt police force.

Other Book Series You May Like

Readers who liked Raymond Chandler’s literary series also liked these book series. In James Ellroy’s tetralogy, “L.A. Quartet” series, Los Angeles Police Department detectives are sleuthing a series of gory murders. Richard Stark’s 24-book “Parker” series features an expert robber named Parker. Chester Himes’ 9-book “Harlem Cycle” series is set in the backdrop of Harlem and features badass protagonists Coffin Ed alongside Grave Digger Jones.

When Does The Next Raymond Chandler book come out?

Raymond Chandler doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The World of Raymond Chandler and was released on November, 11th 2014. It is the newest book in the Raymond Chandler Non-Fiction Books.

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