Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago of an American Quaker father and an Irish Quaker mother. At an early age he went to England and had his schooling at Dulwich College, completing his education in France and Germany.

He followed many professions: teacher, book reviewer, poet, paragraph writer, essayist, soldier in a Canadian infantry regiment, student pilot, accountant, oil execcutive, and 'pulp writer'.
He latterly made his home in the United States, in the Southern California area which forms the background of his books.

Book List in Order: 27 titles


  • In this short story from Raymond Chandler’s Trouble is My Business, the iconic private eye, Philip Marlowe, takes up the case of the Leander Pearls. Stolen decades ago, the thief was caught but the pearls themselves were never recovered. With t...



  • 'A city no worse than others, a city rich and vigorous and full of pride, a city lost and beaten and full of emptiness. It all depends on where you sit and what your own private score is. I didn't have one. I didn't care'Down-and-out drunk Terry Lenn...



  • Over the course of two prolific decades--from the time of his humble beginnings as a pulp writer for The Black Mask through the creation of his celebrated noir masterworks The Big Sleep and Farewell, My Lovely to the Hollywood years of the 1940s--the...




  • Authorized by the estate of the late Raymond Chandler, this volume reveals the missing life history and detective adventures of Philip Marlowe, one of the 20th century's most enduring and beloved characters. Marlowe is the quintessential American de...




  • In 'No Crime In The Mountains' proceeds with an investigation despite the fact that his client, who had sent a retainer with his request for a meeting, turns up at the appointed place dead. 'I had a hundred dollars to earn, after all.' With a decease...









  • With humor, along with an unerring sense of dialogue and the telling details of dress and behavior, Raymond Chandler created a distinctive fictional universe out of the dark side of sunlit Los Angeles. In the process, he transformed both crime writin...



  • (Pandora has published Korean translation of English classic literature for Korean readers. Our translation in Korean is the first of its kind and complete and up-to-date.) Red Wind by Raymond Chanlder (1938) 챈들러의 단편 중 가장 유명한 ...





  • Her name is Orfamay Quest and she's come all the way from Manhattan, Kansas, to find her missing brother Orrin. Or least ways that's what she tells PI Philip Marlowe, offering him a measly twenty bucks for the privilege. But Marlowe's feeling charita...




  • Raymond Chandler's novel about the cynical, world-weary, wise-cracking shamus whose honesty in a dishonest world sent him down the mean streets again and again in search of some kind of justice. Linda Conquest was very tough, very kissable, and...




  • It was in the pulp detective magazines of the 1930s that Raymond Chandler's definitive take on the hard-boiled detective story first appeared. Here then, from the well-thumbed pages of `Black Mask' and `Dime Detective Magazine', are eight of his fine...









  • Fast-talking, trouble-seeking private eye Philip Marlowe is a different kind of detective: a moral man in an amoral world. California in the 1940s and 1950s is as beautiful as a ripe fruit and rotten to the core, and Marlowe must struggle to retain h...



  • "Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler''s sixth novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the ""quintessential urban private eye"" (Los Angeles Times). In noir master Raymond Chandler''s The Long Goodbye, Philip Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war ve...



  • In The Simple Art of Murder, which was prefaced by the famous Atlantic Monthly essay of the same name, noir master Raymond Chandler argues the virtues of the hard-boiled detective novel, and this collection, mostly drawn from stories he wrot...



  • Derace Kingsley''s wife ran away to Mexico to get a quickie divorce and marry a Casanova-wannabe named Chris Lavery. Or so the note she left her husband insisted. Trouble is, when Philip Marlowe asks Lavery about it, he denies everything and sends th...



  • This is one of Chandler’s most famous crime novels featuring the detective Philip Marlowe, who’s about to give up on a completely routine case when he finds himself in the wrong place at the right time to get caught up in a murder that leads to a...



  • When a dying millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to handle the blackmailer of one of his two troublesome daughters, Marlowe finds himself involved with more than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and murder are just a few of the complicatio...



  • Trouble is My Business is a collection of four riveting novellas from Raymond Chandler. In the first of the four cases LA PI Philip Marlowe is offered a job that leaves a bad taste in the mouth: smearing a girl who’s ‘got her hooks into a rich ma...



  • in Murderous Schemes

    When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of M.O.'s including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, the mistaken identity, and many others. Indeed,...


Complete Series List in Order

Philip Marlowe

The Big Sleep (1939)
Trouble Is My Business (1939)
Farewell, My Lovely (1940)
The Lady in the Lake (1943)
The Simple Art of Murder (1950)
The Long Goodbye (1955)
Playback (1958)
High Window (Jun-1984)
The Little Sister (Aug-1988)

Award-Winning Books by Raymond Chandler

The Long Goodbye
1955 Edgar Allan Poe Award -- Novel