The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

The Big Sleep

By Raymond Chandler

  • Release Date: 1988-07-12
  • Genre: Hard-Boiled
4 Score: 4 (From 234 Ratings)


The iconic first novel from crime fiction master Raymond Chandler, featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" (Los Angeles Times).

A dying millionaire hires private eye Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, and Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complications he gets caught up in.


  • A master at the height of his powers

    By WaveSkiBoy
    Chandler at his best, with Marlowe at his finest — the movie with Bogart and Bacall is terrific, but the book is even better, because Chandler had the advantage of unlimited dialogue…. It really does not get any better than this in terms of the noir novel.
  • Timeless

    By Sommersboy
    This novel is an absolute classic. I didn't realize until the publisher's note at the end that it was Chandler's first novel. The writing style at times will put the reader in awe of its excellence. The plot is exquisite. Any fan of the genre should read this!
  • A

    By Andygraham115
    My favorite book ever.
  • A grate dark book

    By D. Shamany
    I imagine this to become a movie. Perhaps something like "Sin City."
  • The Big Sleep

    By Lrodrigu1
    I recently read this novel for an AdvancedLiterature class. I must say I was quite taken by it. My essay compared this novel to Joseph Contad's The Heart of Darkness. There are more than a few similarities.
  • Outstanding

    By LMP-1
    The movie never quite resolves what happened. The last section of the book is not covered. To learn this, you must read and enjoy.