The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

Opening lines:

It was about eleven o’clock in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn’t care who knew it.


Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

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I told him what had happened at Florian’s and why. He stared at me solemnly and shook his bald head.

“A nice quiet place Sam run too,” he said. “Ain’t nobody been knifed there in a month.”