I'm slowly making my way through this series for the first time this year, and I have to say, I have really enjoyed the first three very much! However, so far, this one is my favorite. I don't know why. There was something about it that really kept me engaged and wanting to know what was going to happen next, despite being very confused about what was actually going on toward the end.
A good pace and addictive. Read it in five days. There are a lot of characters and I had to read and re-read many passages to get things straight in my head.
For the umpteenth time, I tried to watch the Robert Montgomery directed “The Lady in the Lake,” and started getting lost as Chandler piles on character after character, many which are never actually seen in the film. So I tried a new strategy with this film. I got the Chandler novel and experienced them side-by-side, reading 50 pages or so, then watching the film for those pages, and then advancing day-by-day another 50 pages. Both this novel and the film are excellent examples of the classic noir developed in these days by the best of the authors, this one being Chandler and the other great noir author, Dashiell Hammett. There was just so much great dialog, with a lot of people lying to each other about their experiences or motives. It’s fun experiencing the hard-boiled dialog, both in the book and in the film.
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