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'He lay crumpled on his back. Very lonely, very dead.

The safe door was wide open. A metal drawer was pulled out. It was empty now. There may have been money in it once.' 

Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe's on a case: his client, a dried-up husk of a woman, wants him to recover a rare gold coin called a Brasher Doubloon, missing from her late husband's collection. That's the simple part. It becomes more complicated when Marlowe finds that everyone who handles the coin suffers a run of very bad luck: they always end up dead. That's also unlucky for a private investigator, because leaving a trail of corpses around LA puts cops' noses seriously out of joint. If Marlowe doesn't wrap this one up fast, he's going to end up either in jail or in a wooden box in the ground.... 

The High Window is Raymond Chandler's third novel featuring laconic PI Philip Marlowe. 

©1942 Raymond Chandler (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • andy
  • 17-04-2021


this book moves along at a good pace. i like Marlow and the period he occupies.
but this book feels like a play rather than real events. a lot of time is spent descibing facial expressions which is novel but wore thin on me.
not a bad book.
brilliantly read.

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  • julian e cooper
  • 13-04-2021

Outstanding performance of one of the finest Chandler novels.

The definitive reading of this complex Chandler classic. Scott Brick is outstanding. Pace, tone, texture, atmosphere - the listener is immersed completely in the fabric of the book. Time travel back to 1940’s Hollywood and the classic era of film noir. Simply brilliant.

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