George's Mystery Book Club: The Big Sleep and Only to Sleep

Current reading selections: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler and Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne.

Drop-ins welcome.

The Big Sleep


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.

Only to Sleep


Lawrence Osborne brings one of literature’s most enduring detectives back to life—as Private Investigator Philip Marlowe returns for one last adventure.
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND NPR • NOMINATED FOR THE EDGAR AND SHAMUS AWARDS

The year is 1988. The place, Baja California. And Philip Marlowe—now in his seventy-second year—is living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel. Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. When in saunter two men dressed like undertakers, with a case that has his name written all over it.   

For Marlowe, this is his last roll of the dice, his swan song. His mission is to investigate the death of Donald Zinn—supposedly drowned off his yacht, and leaving behind a much younger and now very rich wife. But is Zinn actually alive? Are the pair living off the spoils? 

Set between the border and badlands of Mexico and California, Lawrence Osborne’s resurrection of the iconic Marlowe is an unforgettable addition to the Raymond Chandler canon.

Event date: 

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

77 Main St
Montpelier, VT 05602
United States
The Big Sleep (A Philip Marlowe Novel #1) Cover Image
$14.36
ISBN: 9780394758282
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - July 12th, 1988

Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel Cover Image
$14.40
ISBN: 9781524759629
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Published: Hogarth - April 2nd, 2019