New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940. First edition. A lovely, bright copy of the book. Fine, sharp and square and appearing unread. In a Near Fine dust jacket with a short half-inch tear at the front flap fold and the spine lightly faded. A jacket without repair or sophistication of any kind and scarce as such. This copy brought over $8,000 at auction, Heritage June, 2008.
One of the finest crime novels ever written, by one of the inventors of the hard-boiled detective genre. "Farewell, My Lovely" was the second Philip Marlowe novel, published in 1940. The plot was inspired by a number of short stories Chandler had written earlier, including "Mandarin's Jade", "The Man Who Liked Dogs", and “Try the Girl.” It follows Marlowe as he investigates the violent murder of a night club manager. The book was actually the first of Chandler’s novels to be made into a film, in 1942, as "The Falcon Takes Over." It was filmed again in 1944 as the critically acclaimed "Murder, My Sweet" and in 1975, in a version starring Robert Mitchum. “…the appeal of 'Farewell, My Lovely' is in its toughness, which is extremely well done.” (Contemporary New York Times Review) Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #1176)
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