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Raymond Chandler is underrated and under-respected as one of the great American storytellers. Sure, he wrote about crime and fell into the ‘pulp fiction’ genre of writers, but The Long Goodbye, Big Sleep and Farewell, My Lovely are national treasures and masterpieces. His word choices, compact writing style and ability to capture a time and place so clearly motivated me to write more and to write better.

When the late Robert Parker tried to complete an unfinished Chandler novel called Poodle Springs, the words failed to capture the characters and settings in the memorable way that Chandler could, not because Parker couldn’t mimic the words, but because he couldn’t mimic the story.

Go read some great detective fiction, and recognize Chandler for the artist that he was.

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