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In this worthy companion to The Big Sleep and Farewell My Lovely Marlowe tracks a rare colonial coin called The Brasher Doubloon, finds a corpse, clears an innocent suspect, and ever the knight in tarnished armor rescues a damsel in distress This novel features a handful of well drawn stock characters an iron dowager and her entourage consisting of an effete son and a mousy secretary , a B movie actor turned big time gambler who is protected by a six foot five henchman both with scars , round heeled ex showgirl Lois Magic, gin joint contralto Linda Conquest and a good no nonsense middle aged cop named Breeze And of course those great overheated Chandler metaphors [[ E-pub ]] ☠ The High Window ⇱ A Wealthy Pasadena Widow With A Mean Streak, A Missing Daughter In Law With A Past, And A Gold Coin Worth A Small Fortune The Elements Don T Quite Add Up Until Marlowe Discovers Evidence Of Murder, Rape, Blackmail, And The Worst Kind Of Human Exploitation Raymond Chandler Is A Star Of The First Magnitude Erle Stanley Gardner Raymond Chandler Has Given Us A Detective Who Is Hard Boiled Enough To Be Convincing And That Is No Mean Achievement The New York Times Now our friend Philip Marlowe, a private dick in Los Angeles during the 1940 s , is a nice guymost of the time, he wouldn t murder anyone who didn t need it, maybe not real accurate, but in this novel he does let two killers escape justicethe victims were worst than the perpetrators An opinion I m sure the readers will concur In Pasadena, a small, quiet, wealthy city outside L.A lives in one of those mansions that some people envy, other hate a certain Mrs Elizabeth Bright Murdock, twice widowedone under very strange circumstanceshe fell out of a high window, thus the title The intoxicated lady is a little rotund, the kind who can t see her feet if she were to stand up, which she seldom will Not a heart of gold either like stone..because of illness, asthma, consumes a vast quantity of Portuguese Port wine feeling no pain, a very sweet taste a favorite of George Washington Mr Marlowe is required to find the priceless gold coin stolen from her, the Brasher Doubloon, in her late husband s collection apparently by Linda Conquest , who left in a hurry, not happy, a former singer in night clubs, her weak son s Leslie s, wife but dear old mother, loves him the jerkhe has surprise, huge gambling debts And they , a bunch of vicious criminals want their money In the tense, dark environment, inside the huge , suffocating and dreary mausoleum where the timid frightened servants, quake serving Mrs Murdock, but enough praise of this structure Also there is a small quiet room, a hidden cubicle, little known about , of its existence in the rather now quaint, some unkind ignorant people will say what An edifice , an oasis, Merle Davis, where Mrs Murdoch s fragile, pleasant secretary works. Enchanted oddly by, Leslieshe has a mystery in her pastwith a gun in her desk Events that follow are the usual slaughter of the despicable, the sleazy and the poor pathetic humans that inhabit the smoggy metropolis, a little blackmail on the side, gangsters looking around too They the tough police, are always suspicious of a man who continuously finds dead bodies Still he claims his innocence, but this is becoming let us say unbelievable For an obviously bright guy, Marlowe is in a racket that pays littlepeanuts why The reason he enjoys the dark brooding atmosphere, the excitement, the police harassment , beautiful women in distress needing his help and comfort He feels alive, not a nobody then , shall we say a hero, something his tight lips would never or could ever speak such a strange, four letter word, rather peculiar, for today, very unfashionable too, in a cynical ageRaymond Chandler again reveals his prodigious talent , letting the public see the underworld of a town called Hollywood, he lived and worked there only this writer can show so well, like it or notundoubtedly the majority will enjoy. The High Window is another excellent novel featuring Raymond Chandler s hard boiled L.A detective, Philip Marlowe, although to my mind it s not quite on a par with Chandler s masterpieces, The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye.The case opens when a wealthy, twice widowed Pasadena woman named Elizabeth Bright Murdock hires Marlowe to discreetly recover a valuable coin that has been stolen from her first s husband s collection The client insists that her daughter in law, whom she hates, has taken the coin although she has no proof The daughter in law has either left or been driven from the home Mrs Murdock wants Marlowe to quietly find the woman and get the coin back The police are most certainly not to be involved.All in all, this is a pretty strange household that also includes Mrs Murdock s wimpy son and a severely repressed young secretary whom the widow treats like a doormat Marlowe takes the case, although he pretty much knows from the git go that everyone is lying to him, including his client.Well of course they are, and before long poor Marlowe is up to his neck in a case that involves gambling, infidelity, blackmail and a small handful of murders As is the case with any Raymond Chandler plot, it s all pretty confusing, although in the end, this one gets sorted out better than most.As always, it s great fun to follow Marlowe through these tangled webs and, as always, the book is beautifully written in a style that has often been imitated but never matched Raymond Chandler and his tattered detective were each one of a kind. She saw the cut glass decanter, took the stopper out, poured herself a drink and tossed it down with a quick flip of the wrist You re a man named Marlowe she asked, looking at me She put her hips against the end of the desk and crossed her ankles.I said I was a man named Marlowe By and large, she said, I am quite sure I am not going to like you one damn little bit So speak your piece and drift away It s a hard boiled world out there, and a man named Marlowe must go down into its sewers in his pursuit of what we can probably name The Mystery of the Brasher Doubloon In an opening scene that induces in the reader familiar with Chandler s novels a strong feeling of deja vu, Marlowe is called to an opulent mansion by a cranky old person of feeble health and given an easy job not to find a missing young woman, but to track down a missing, very rare and precious gold coinAll I knew about the people was that they were a Mrs Elizabeth Bright Murdock and family and that she wanted to hire a nice clean private detective who wouldn t drop cigar ashes on the floor and never carriedthan one gun What she gets instead is Phil Marlowe The shop soiled Galahad , the disillusioned gumshoe with the sharp eye and the whiplash repartee Marlowe smells a rat right from the start, but the rent must be paid and so he sets out to the mean streets, where heavy gamblers are slapping their moes, suave funeral directors manage the crime in the neighborhood, cops are only too willing to frame you for murder, young upstart detectives get chewed on as appetizers by the local sharks, clues lead from rundown dental businesses to posh and illegal gambling dens, and beautiful starlets are as trustworthy as hungry hyenas.Chandler didn t get to the top of my noir catalogue for his convoluted and improbable plot twists It was always, right from the first page I read back in my school day, all about atitude and style I haven t revisited his dark universe recently, fearing my youthful enthusiasm will not survive acritical view, but I discovered instead that the thrill is still there, and that the lyrical side of Marlowe is today evenappealing than his tough guy deliveryBunker Hill is old town, lost town, shabby town, crook town Once, very long ago, it was the choice residential district of the city, and there are still standing a few of the jigsaw Gothic mansions with wide porches and walls covered with round end shingles and full corner bay windows with spindle turrets They are all rooming houses now, their parquetry floors are scratched and worn through the once glossy finish and the wide sweeping staircases are dark with time and with cheap varnish laid on over generations of dirt In the tall rooms haggard landladies bicker with shifty tenants On the wide cool front porches, reaching their cracked shoes into the sun, and staring at nothing, sit the old men with faces like lost battles Out of the apartment houses come women who should be young but have faces like stale beer men with pulled down hats and quick eyes that look the street over behind cupped hand that shields the match flame worn intellectuals with cigarette coughs and no money in the bank fly cops with granite faces and unwavering eyes cokies and coke peddlers people who look like nothing in particular and know it, and once in a while even men that actually go to work But they come out early, when the wide cracked sidewalks are empty and still have dew on them No other crime writer has been able to replicate these soul damning similes or to match the sarcastic commentary on the predatory world the private detective must navigate, while keeping true to his inner sense of justice Even when not firing from all cylinders, like in the case of the present novel, Chandler is still in a league of his own He can make even a grocery list or a bland description of his office sound like poetryThree hard chairs and a swivel chair, flat desk with a glass top, five green filing cases, three of them full of nothing, a calendar and a framed license bond on the wall, a phone, a washbowl in a stained wood cupboard, a hatrack, a carpet that was just something on the floor, and two open windows with net curtains that puckered in and out like the lips of a toothless old man sleeping.The same stuff I had had last year, and the year before that Not beautiful, not gay, but better than a tent on the beach I am pretty sure I will not remember much of the plot five years from now, which might actually be a bonus, since I can re read the novel and still enjoy some surprises like why is the title referring to a window, when the mission is about a gold coin view spoiler because there are actually three or four separate crimes that get tangled together, one of them decades old hide spoiler Whenever I review one of Raymond Chandler s Philip Marlowe novels I feel like I should be doing it with a half bottle of rye on the desk next to the cigarette burning in an ashtray with my fedora pushed back on my head But I quit smoking years ago, and I don t bounce back from hangovers quite the way I used to so I try not to chug whiskey from the bottle these days unless it s a dire emergency Maybe I can still get the hat.Marlowe gets hired by a ball busting old bag who thinks that that the daughter in law she despises ran off with a valuable rare gold coin from her late husband s collection As usual Marlowe soon finds himself wrapped up in a mess including several murders as he is forced to preserve the confidentiality of a client he doesn t like against cops pressing him for answers.This was a Chandler I hadn t read before, and I had a surprisingly hard time getting into it for some reason After a while the lines likeFrom 30 feet away she looked like a lot of class From 10 feet she looked something made up to be seen from 30 feet awaygot me into the groove, and while I wouldn t call it the best Marlowe I ve read, I ended up enjoying it quite a bit.The thing that nudge it from a solid 3 stars to 4 was the ending view spoiler I loved that after Marlowe figured out the whole mess that he essentially just threw up his hands and decided to let it play out with only a few nudges from him while he focused on trying to help the one true victim hide spoiler The High Window Philip Marlowe 3 , Raymond ChandlerThe High Window is a 1942 novel written by Raymond Chandler It is his third novel featuring the Los Angeles private detective Philip Marlowe 2008 1386 286 9789648005868 20 1387 336 9789649174693 1787 . Philip Marlowe is hired to find the Brasher doubloon, a valuable gold coin stolen from its owner Marlowe trails the owner s daughter in law, thinking she stole the coin Marlowe s path leads him into a web of murder and blackmail Will Marlowe be able to find who stole the doubloon without winding up on the pile of corpses left in its wake As I continuously mention, noir fiction of this type agrees with me like a bottle of Mad Dog does a homeless man The High Window, Raymond Chandler s third Philip Marlowe book, is no exception.A wise man once said No one reads Raymond Chandler for the plot I agree with whomever that wizzened old sage was Chandler never met a plot he couldn t overly complicate but The High Window is one of hiscoherent ones The search for a stolen doubloon sees multiple men dead and a wealthy family s secrets pulled out of the basement and thrown on the front lawn for all the neighbors to see.Marlowe is Marlowe As usual, much of the supporting cast exists mostly for Marlowe to bounce great lines off of and or have sapping or shooting at him The Bright family is a bunch of rotten apples one and all As I said before, this is one of Chandler s simpler plots but it s still a bit of a mess It took me a little while to tip to the connection between the dentist and the missing coin The blackmail angle was well done Chandler played his cards close to the vest, like always It just made me want to climb up the wall and gnaw my way across the ceiling Marlowe used that line to describe a drink he took That s how I felt about the plot sometimes.It s no surprise by now that Chandler s prose is the star of the show I mentioned in my review of Farewell, My Lovely, that Chandler s prose sometimes reminded me of a gritty P.G Wodehouse I ve since learned that Chandler spent a lot of his early life in England so that s a little easier to understand now.While it s my least favorite of the three Chandler books I ve read so far, The High Window is still a great read, if for no other reason than to experience Raymond Chandler s prose Not quite a four but it s an overflowing three star read. A wealthy widow asked Philip Marlowe to investigate a disappearance of a rare coin from her late husband collection this disappearance coincidentally happened at the same time as that of her daughter in law There was no love lost between the two, so Marlowe s client hopes the PI will be able to dig up enough dirt on her son s wife to get a solid ground for a divorce This seems to be a simple case and Marlowe was able to find the location of both lost coin and escaped person fairly soon, but he found himself being shadowed by an unknown person practically from the beginning, and then he started stumbling upon dead bodies I do not have much to say about the book other than what I have already said before about the series The writing quality is good the mystery is excellent it is even better than the ones in the previous books The plot, while being anything but straightforward makes the most complicated labyrinth look like a simple walk in a park.This book and the previous ones made Philip Marlowe a sample after which all private investigators of noir literature were made by the writers who came after Raymond Chandler It is very easy to give this book 5 stars without any reservation Read the series if you have any interest in noir, but beware the number of other authors who reached this lever of writing quality in genre since then can be counted with fingers on one hand with some fingers still left to spare.This review is a copy paste of my BookLikes one All right Get on with it I have a feeling you are going to be very brilliant Remorseless, flow of logic and intuition and all that rot Just like a detective in a book I really like Philip Marlowe, I ve decided I want to look after him He s actually a stand up guy In this book I really preferred the simpler plot not that Chandler s plots are ever terribly complicated Has this one been made into a movie As with all of this series, they all seem very cinematic to me, like half remembered movies from long ago But I m not sure if that s my imagination or faded memories.So far in this series, Philip Marlowe has almost been an entity outside of Chandlers writing, and had an entertainment value almost divorced of the book Oh yeah, Philip Marlowe hard boiled noir gumshoe classic wise crackin smart talking etc etc even if you ve never read one of the books In this story I felt like I realised Marlowe is a real person and I was a little embarrassed to have been caught smirking at the idea of him.He s an honest guy essentially He treats people with respect when they deserve it or at least when they don t deserve rudeness he s committed to seeing justice, loyal to his clients, he can hold his own with tough crooks and won t take any nonsense He is smart As you can probably tell, I have a crush on a fictional character It s not the first time Where are his friends He needs a love interest I adore the fact he plays through champion chess games by himself, for leisure.Recommended but start with book 1