Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) “The coffee shop smell was strong enough to build a garage on.”--Farewell, My Lovely


"From thirty feet away she looked like a lot of class. From ten feet away she looked like something made up to be seen from thirty feet away."--The High Window


“It was a nice face, a face you get to like. Pretty, but not so pretty that you would have to wear brass knuckles every time you took it out.” --Farewell, My Lovely


"I belonged in Idle Valley like a pearl onion on a banana split."--The Long Good-bye


"She gave me a smile I could feel in my hip pocket"--Farewell, My Lovely


"What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on top of a high hill. You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell. Me, I was part of the nastiness now."--The Big Sleep
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