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The story is a classic noir setup. Gumshoe down on his luck meets a pretty brunette at his office, sleeps with her, wakes up to blood in his bed but no body, and gets visited by the brunette's blonde sister wielding a gun, wondering what happened to her sister. It gets messier from here, as is the norm with noir.
In noir, the story was never simple, even if the sets were. The gumshoe Roland Drake is a Marlowe-esque character and you feel for him and his predicament. He's had a string of unfortunate things happen and while he has certainly retained his sarcasm, his failure to write his own happy ending makes him melancholy. He obviously still longs for that happy ending, which is why he falls hard for the blonde, despite having misgivings about the case and the blonde's weird family. There are some laughs and there is some violence and there's certainly drama, but in my mind this is ultimately a story of romance, albeit not a typical one.
To me this is mostly a story of the gumshoe's struggle between his romanticism and the cynicism brought on by his experience. In the end, one must prevail.
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The struggle of romanticism vs cynicism is timeless and that's the part that always gets to me, and as a result I keep thinking back to this story and my empathy buttons keep getting pushed. There are some really loathsome characters in this story, and while they can't be excused, some of the villainous actions could be seen as reactionary, or at the very least inescapable.
The parable of the frog and the scorpion comes to mind. The acting was solid throughout. Some familiar faces as well, if not big names. Steve Tom got a lot of laughs from me he's one of those guys I keep seeing everywhere. I haven't actually seen Vernon Wells in anything since The Road Warrior, despite his lengthy resume, but it was fun to see him gleefully chew up all the scenery, both real and virtual. Which brings me to the production values.
I knew going in that this was going to be a low budget indie so I knew I wasn't expecting The Avengers level production values. But what these guys pulled off on a shoestring budget and a tiny crew is pretty amazing. From what I've seen practically every scene in this film features a virtual set or set extensions of some kind. Which is understandable given the s setting, but mind blowing given the small budget. I can't imagine it being easy to pull off a period piece where a large city like Los Angeles is the primary backdrop, without having tens of millions of dollars just for the production design and visual effects.
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A rich man hired Marlowe to keep his good-for-nothing son from getting married to a woman whose sole interest in him was his money. This happens to be the first appearance of famous PI who is slightly rough around the edges and really likes to say the title phrase. Several dead bo Review updated on Several dead bodies, corrupt policemen, organized crime bossed and their thugs keep things from getting slowing down. Marlowe was the only witness to a murder committed by a henchman of a high-ranked politician; we all know such witnesses develop terminal illnesses really fast.
Marlowe not only needed to stay alive, but also to protect a client who tried to cheat a mafia boss out of his money; the life expectancy of such people is even less than that of inconvenient witnesses. This relatively short story tightly packed with loads and loads of dead bodies.
An old case of stolen pearls which had been never recovered suddenly made comeback with Marlowe being initially very skeptical about the whole deal, but the first dead body convinced him to follow the lead. This is probably the only Philip Marlowe story with a decent pay off I mean monetary reward at the end. Trouble followed Marlowe even when he sits in an empty bar drinking and minding his own business.
A man who was looking for a woman got killed right in front of his eyes and now he once again needed to stay alive long enough to find the woman the dead man described in hope of getting some answers. I read this story several times, and it never failed to make me depressed and sad; it is depressing and sad, even by Raymond Chandler's standards. It also happened to be very good and memorable. Raymond Chandler wrote a foreword for this collection. He mentioned that he created these stories for publishing in crime journals, most notably in "Black Mask". As such, there were certain constraints he had to write them within - both in terms of plot development and style.
He could rewrite them after he hit big as a writer, but it turned out to be impossible without completely destroying them. My opinion on this is that a real talent always shows even when the author does not have a complete freedom in writing. As such the collection deserves 4. This is a must read for Philip Marlowe fans. View all 7 comments. Not one, but four stories with Philip Marlowe at the lead. I think Raymond Chandler is superb; his descriptions have me drooling and in my opinion he's the original hard boiled, film noir detective.
I love him and every move he makes. He's witty, dry, sarcastic and dangerous. I can picture myself walking the streets at night with him, slugging a bad guy with a gun and swigging scotch in the middle of the night in a stifling hot hotel room whilst hiding from a crook. He's just an awe Yes yes yes! He's just an awesome character and Chandler makes him. View all 3 comments.
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May 24, C-shaw rated it really liked it. I bought this after reading reviews by my Goodreads friend, author James Thane. These old potboiler detective stories are so good! What a delightful little book. The plot is secondary to the dialogue of Philip Marlowe and the other hardboiled characters, to wit: The voice that answered was fat. It wheezed softly, like the voice of a man who had just won a pie-eating contest. It was full of silence and the memory of a nice perfume. She knew a few wrong numbers, but who didn't?
I felt like an amputated leg. It moved away from the curb and around the corner with as much noise as a bill makes in a wallet.
View all 4 comments. Mar 28, Barney rated it it was amazing. I think a review of the book would be pointless. Just know that this is one of the true headwaters of the River Noir.
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Anyone who reads Chandler would be well served to get a copy containing Chandler's own introduction written around where he looks back at the pulps - which he refers to in the past tense even though they had about 10 more years left in them fighting for rack space -and discusses the transformation of the genre from the mostly British in style iterations to the fully Ameri I think a review of the book would be pointless.
Anyone who reads Chandler would be well served to get a copy containing Chandler's own introduction written around where he looks back at the pulps - which he refers to in the past tense even though they had about 10 more years left in them fighting for rack space -and discusses the transformation of the genre from the mostly British in style iterations to the fully Americanized versions and why that happened and what was gained. It's one of those very rare moments where you can see that even though Chandler occasionally lost the pure whodunit thread once or twice in his own work he knew exactly what his style was about and what he was doing within the genre in the moment and not just as a series of insights looking back on it all.
To me that one introduction, and precisely WHEN he wrote it in the context of the history of noir fiction, seals the deal and makes Chandler essential. View all 5 comments. Feb 22, Mizuki rated it really liked it Shelves: Raymond Chandler and I don't always have a happy relationship when his novels are put into consideration. I DNF-ed more of his books than managed to finish them in the past.
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I have to admit Mr. Chandler had a terrific way with writing, his dialogues and his tone are always charming and witty, but his stories can always be a struggle to get through. Now, with his short stories collection Trouble Is My Business mostly because these are all short stories so it takes Mr.
Chandler's famous main charac Raymond Chandler and I don't always have a happy relationship when his novels are put into consideration. Chandler's famous main character: I think the fast pacing does help a lot for me to go over these stories. I just love the noir atmosphere which Mr. Chandler created with seemingly little to no effort! Plus much to my surprise, I notice Mr. Chandler's stories and his MC seem to be a bit more Last but not least, I really like the world of noir Mr. I really like the femme fatale tough-as-nail female character in the first story, I like her because she didn't get demonized for her sexuality, her way of life and her greed for the gold; let's face it, almost everyone in the stories are greedy and selfish as fuck, so there is no point singling out women for behaving the same like their male counterparts.
Jan 13, Carla Remy rated it it was amazing. Four Pulp magazine novellas. Only one, Red Wind, had I read before. My favorite here is Goldfish though it does contain some bad fish abuse. The introduction, writing about pulp writing, was done by Chandler in Jul 11, Ubiquitousbastard rated it it was amazing Shelves: Of course I love this, it being a collection of four short stories which were later cannibalized for Chandler's novels, but I admit I wanted it to be longer. The Simple Art of Murder had more stories and a bit more variety, so I definitely prefer it to this, but still, this was a good selection of short stories.
Almost nothing outside of Chandler's works makes me imagine scenes in my head so vividly, or to laugh out loud at the sarcasm. I pretty much was laughing every few minutes while reading Of course I love this, it being a collection of four short stories which were later cannibalized for Chandler's novels, but I admit I wanted it to be longer. I pretty much was laughing every few minutes while reading this, and I'm writing the review after my second reading.
A 90 minute cut would have been perfect. The Thin Man runs 93 minutes, the Maltese Falcon Those classics are good timing benchmarks. Trouble is My Business , and business is pretty damn good. Trouble is My Business Directed by Tom Konkle. Written by Tom Konkle, Brittney Powell.
Interesting note that the trailer is in color. Streaming services would not accept black and white or that would be the only version. Thanks for the review! Very thoughtful and kind.