The Big Sleep
by Raymond Chandler
Time 100 Novels, Guardian 1000 Novels
I read The Big Sleep at about the same time I read the Dashiell Hammett novels and it all blurs together a little bit. My recollection is that I preferred Raymond Chandler's writing to Hammett's and liked the more subtle style of Sam Spade versus the violence and aggressiveness of some of Hammett's protagonists. It's the quality that makes a James Bond film a little more interesting than a typical action film. I should check out some more Chandler.