New York: New Avon Library, 1943. First Thus. Mass Market Paperback (MMPB). Mass Market Paperback (6 1/2" x 4 1/4"). Fabulous cover art of blonde, be-earringed skeleton woman. Read crease and a bit of edge rubbing/peeling to spine, but nonetheless, quite square and tight. Pages yellowed, after more than seven decades. Unmarked. 230 pp. Very Good Plus. Item #84709
Chandler's now classic, was the hardboiled crime author's first book to feature Los Angeles detective Philip Marlowe,, a story made famous in the 1946 film starring then 44-year old Humphrey Bogart and 19 year-old Lauren Bacall. By Chandler's own admission, the novel came about by a process he referred to as "cannibalizing", wherein he would take certain aspects of two main stories that form the core of the novel, in this case "Killer in the Rain" (published in 1935) and "The Curtain" (published in 1936). Although the stories were independent and shared no characters, they had some similarities that made it logical to combine them."