The Lady in the Lake

The Lady in the Lake A couple of missing wives one a rich man s and one a poor man s become the objects of Marlowe s investigation One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be de

  • Title: The Lady in the Lake
  • Author: Raymond Chandler
  • ISBN: 9780394721453
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback
  • A couple of missing wives one a rich man s and one a poor man s become the objects of Marlowe s investigation One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead Marlowe s not sure he cares about either one, but he s not paid to care.

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    • Paul Bryant says:

      Raindrops on strippers and crisp apple gunshotsBright copper floozies and warm woolly whatnots, Muscular gentlemen tied up with stringsThese are a few of my favorite thingsGirls in bikinis with breathtaking lipstickSlayed belles on gurneys as fast talking dicks quipSilverwhite cocaine and fabulous blingThese are a few of my favourite thingFinding those corpses with wide ugly gashesAnd no nose at all and not many eyelashesAnd Chandler and Marlowe and slightly left wingsThese are a few of my favou [...]

    • David Gustafson says:

      I have decided to take a break from my usual obsession with history to take a deep plunge into several of the classic noir detective novels by Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett. A few of these will be re-reads. Why noir? America is even divided between two fanatical ideologies so I guess the noir genre suits my cynical nature as an outcast, literary hermit who despises the hypocritical dishonesty and corruption of both political franchises as well as the obedient myrmidons i [...]

    • Dan Schwent says:

      A rich man hires Phillip Marlowe to find his wife. The trail leads to a resort town and another dead woman. Where is Crystal Kingsley? And who killed Muriel Chess? And what did Chris Lavery or Dr. Almore have to do with it?The Lady in the Lake is a tale of lies, double crosses, cheating woman, murder, and a shop-soiled Galahad named Phillip Marlowe caught in the middle of it. Chander and Marlowe set the standards for slick-talking detectives for generations to come and Marlowe is in fine form in [...]

    • William says:

      5-Stars! The very best Marlowe of all. Great pacing, wonderful progression of events and clues, just enough snappy dialogue, delicious "detective-as-philosopher" quotations, genuine tension and suspense, a sprinkling of red herrings This is the whole enchilada! Awesome!I brushed my hair and looked at the grey in it. There was getting to be plenty of grey in it. The face under the hair had a sick look. I didn’t like the face at all. I went back to the desk . I sat very still and listened to the [...]

    • Luís C. says:

      The Chandler mechanics is well oiled: a rich client calls on Marlowe's services and the detective becomes aware from the start of the investigation that he has set foot in a nest of vipers. He's going to have to deal with corrupt policemen and determined gangsters. And he's going to get his head full, once again. And he's going to get his head full, once again. But our private has tough skin and is determined to unravel the mystery surrounding the disappearance of Crystal, the wife of Derace Kin [...]

    • Ahmad Sharabiani says:

      The Lady in the Lake (Philip Marlowe, #4), Raymond Chandler The Lady in the Lake is a 1943 detective novel by Raymond Chandler featuring, as do all his major works, the Los Angeles private investigator Philip Marlowe. Notable for its removal of Marlowe from his usual Los Angeles environs for much of the book, the novel's complicated plot initially deals with the case of a missing woman in a small mountain town some 80 miles (130 km) from the city. The book was written shortly after the attack on [...]

    • Paul says:

      Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering silmite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king! Dennis: Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government! Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony!The fact that I can't resist a Monty Python quote aside, the titu [...]

    • Evgeny says:

      A rich man asked Philip Marlowe to find his missing wife who presumably ran away to Mexico to get a divorce, but disappeared since then. The search quickly led the private detective to a dead body of another woman with seemingly no connection to the first one, except for them being neighbors. The number of dead bodies rapidly increases as Marlowe tries to get to the bottom of a very complicated mystery while dodging cold-blooded killers, corrupted cops (the level of corruption in Bay City seems [...]

    • Mahdi Lotfi says:

      رمانهای چندلر پیش از آنکه داستانهای پلیسی باشند آثار ادبی هستند . او می گفت : رنگ مایه داستان ، به غیر از عامل معما ، باید از کشش دراماتیک و محتوای غنی انسانی برخوردار باشد. چندلر ، در عین حال که خشونت و حادثه را به فضای داستانهایش راه می دهد ، از تشریح محیط اجتماعی و توصیف تحولات [...]

    • Brandon says:

      "Police business," he said almost gently, "is a hell of a problem. It's a good deal like politics. It asks for the highest type of men, and there’s nothing in it to attract the highest type of men . So we have to work with what we get— and we get things like this."A man’s wife is missing and Philip Marlowe is hired to find her. When his search leads him to the discovery of a different dead woman, the self-proclaimed "Murder-A-Day Marlowe" has questions and by God, people are going to answe [...]

    • Tfitoby says:

      Marlowe but not as I remember him.I generally love Chandler's style and specifically love Marlowe as a wise-cracking hard-boiled PI but for me there was something not up to speed with this book.Aside from the fact that I knew exactly how the narrative would play out thanks to the mighty obvious use of the genre staple of portraits and doubles meaning every incident in between felt like a lazy attempt at placing red herrings there was so little in the way of great dialogue and internal monologue [...]

    • Darwin8u says:

      I should probably slow down on calling Raymond Chander a god. Novelists who write so damn well (and there are few of those) must sometimes tire of both hyperbole and the undersell too. Look. This isn't my favorite Chandler or my favorite Marlowe, and the Great and Glorious Chandler doesn't deviate too far from his script (Rich, difficult clients >> wise-cracking PI >> dame >> cops >> drinks >> California >> dead bodies >> Marlowe close to the line >&g [...]

    • Sandra says:

      Come l’immagine di copertina ed il titolo del libro fanno capire, “cerchez la femme”, o meglio “les femmes”, perché la trama gira intorno a due donne scomparse, ambedue donne fatali, mangiatrici di uomini, alla ricerca del pollo ricco da spennare senza disdegnare amanti poveri ma belli. Marlowe investiga a modo suo, con la sua Chrysler si aggira tra Bay City, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, con l’ironia che lo contraddistingue Chandler accompagna il lettore lungo le strade della Califo [...]

    • Mish says:

      I came to reading this book because I needed something to read for my Literary Exploration challenge, Hardboiled genre. Never having read this type of genre before, I had refer to my bookish friend, Michael Kitto, for help. He recommended The Lady in the Lake as an introduction too the well known and respected Private Investigator, Philip Marlowe, and to this genre. I can see from several reviews that this was a very popular choice for first timers like me. In this book Marlowe was employed by a [...]

    • Brenda says:

      Private Investigator Philip Marlowe was hired by Derace Kingsley to find his missing wife, Crystal – she had been missing for a month after contacting him from their cabin via telegram to say she was going to divorce him and marry Chris Lavery. Kingsley was concerned enough to want her found – Marlowe started his investigation not realizing how deeply he would become involved, how many webs would wind their way throughout quite a number of lives.With a little help from a country sheriff by t [...]

    • Steffan says:

      I've read this book now three times in as many months. More times in as many years. The first time I read it, years ago, I was nineteen. Much older now, I had to come back with a different perspective and try to see what Raymond Chandler was really up to. Entertaining the reader wasn't the point. Sending Marlowe into another violent beat down, like some of the other books, wasn't the point. Chasing down the mystery man, or woman, wasn't the point either.I can say this. Raymond Chandler, for thos [...]

    • João Barradas says:

      Quando pensamos em romance policial noir, as imagens que surgem na nossa mente apresentam um tom escuro, num ambiente esfumado, sem grande definição do certo e do errado… como se algum ópio brotasse das suas páginas e nos embargasse o espírito.Omitindo a expressão funesta e proibida de “investigação de casos de divórcio”, a trama centra-se num conjunto de casos de homicídio, perpetrados de forma sobejamente encadeada, com um ponto em comum: a associação a femmes fatalles, que q [...]

    • Mohammad Ali says:

      مهمترین ویژگی این داستان که فراموش نشدنیه، میزان کشش اونه. من هر بار که می خواستم خوندن بقیه شو بندازم برای فردا باید خودمو ازش می کندم. و این برای هر نویسنده یه موفقیته. نمی تونم بگم همه ی نظریات مارلو یا حرفاش در مورد رد این یا اون نظریه به دلم - و مهمتر به عقلم - نشست اما موقعیت [...]

    • Maria João Fernandes says:

      "Chandler escreve como se a dor doesse e a vida importasse."A "Dama do Lago" conta-nos mais uma história com Philip Marlowe. Tudo começa quando o detetive privado é contratado para encontrar uma pessoa desaparecida. Contudo, o que começa por parecer um caso como muitos outros, revela-se numa série de crimes relacionados entre si.Os crimes descritos neste livro são cometidos pelo mesmo tipo de pessoas que os comentem na vida real. O enredo é surrealmente real: os criminosos usam armas. A v [...]

    • Nancy Oakes says:

      Cutting right to the chase, the fourth novel in Chandler's Marlowe series begins with a missing wife. Degrace Kingsley, a businessman in the perfume business, hires Marlowe to find his wife Crystal. Although they'd been "washed up for years," Kingsley needs Marlowe to find her to make sure she hasn't done anything scandalous to reflect back on him. The last time he knew Crystal's actual whereabouts was a month earlier, when she was staying at their cabin up at at Little Fawn Lake at Puma Point. [...]

    • Roxana-Mălina Chirilă says:

      First of all, disclaimer: I've read this in Romanian, not English, and the translated prose flows like the River Ankh in Discworld (hint: it doesn't). So I missed a lot of the fun everybody else seemed to be having.Anyway, let's talk about the plot.If there's one thing I hate in a mystery novel is to be able to tell early on what happened with the murder and all that - which is what happened here. I'm not sure it's Chandler's fault or if I can recognize hints when I see them, but everything clic [...]

    • Ellen says:

      The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler.I picked up this CD at my public library not realizing it was a drama/play with a cast of characters/actors. It was fabulouslove every moment. This was Philip Marlowe at his best and Raymond Chandler as the author sat his zenith. I can't recommend it highly enough and try to get the play/drama. It's excellent, not a boring moment in the play.

    • Daren says:

      Another case for Marlowe. A runaway wife, a telegram to the wealthy husband Kingsley, saying Am crossing to get Mexican divorce stop Will marry Chris stop Good luck and goodbye crystal. The man doesn't really want her back, just wants to know where she is to ensure there is no scandal that will rub off on him. At the cabin in the mountains, Marlowe's investigation leads him Kingsley's alcoholic caretaker. His wife has disappeared too. Too much of a coincidence? Maybe.This is a somewhat convolute [...]

    • Ana Dumitrache says:

      Când am auzit de Raymond Chandler, am devenit imediat nerăbdătoare să il descopăr, pentru că romanele polițiste sunt slăbiciunea mea. Am tot încercat și alți autori, dar parcă niciunul nu s-a mai ridicat la nivelul așteptărilor mele. (După zeci de cărți de-ale Camillei Läckberg și Agatha Christie). El însă m-a cucerit și îl adaug topului. Mi-a plăcut tot la romanul acesta. De la titlu foarte sugestiv, la intrigă, la personaje și până la final. A fost construit foarte [...]

    • Erik says:

      The Lady in the Lake is my least favorite of the Raymond Chandler's I've read (behind The Long Goodbye; Farewell, my Lovely; and The Big Sleep) but that's a bit like saying, "This is the fourth largest lump of gold I've found in the river."It's still gold, and it's still something you dredged up from a river. Not exactly a wedding band, but not a dirt pie either.Despite what some other reviewers on here will suggest (too many Literature classes in college, I would suspect), Raymond Chandler was [...]

    • Michael says:

      The Lady in the Lake is the tale of Private Detective Marlowe, who is hired to find a missing woman by her husband. Marlowe finds a woman dead in the lake of this couples cabin getaway, but it isn’t the same woman, it is the wife of the caretaker. With all his great detective skills, humor and wit; Marlowe attempts to uncover this mystery, with some interesting results. I do have to admit, I’ve got a special place in my heart for all things written by Raymond Chandler; especially the Philip [...]

    • Timothy says:

      I'd never read Raymond Chandler. I always heard his name in comparison to Murakami, so I've been interested in reading one of his books for as long as I've been a Murakami fan.This was so much fun to read mostly because Chandler's detective is witty and smart. He notices the small things and describes things in ways most people would never think of. Read the first chapter and decide for yourself. This book has a good, if not confusing, murder-mystery, but Chandler keeps it moving with the right [...]

    • Carla Remy says:

      Wonderful. This was my third time reading The Lady in the Lake. I find it engaging and effective, more than some of the other Philip Marlowe books even. The mystery seems convoluted then simple and it gets me every time (though it's fairly easy to guess, I suppose). I never try to guess the solution, and memory is funny - the way I'll remember so much of the story but not the end.

    • AC says:

      Good, solid Chandler. Maturity of craft, but not quite as taut as High Window, and a large piece of the puzzle was obvious almost from the outset. Still, excellent book. The characterization is particularly rich and well done.

    • Lee (Rocky) says:

      I think this is the best of the 4 Phillip Marlowe books that I’ve read so far. The big twist was something I had sort of considered early on before discarding the idea and forgetting about it. Plenty of intrigue in this one.

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