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Trouble Was His Business -- Raymond Chandler

March 16, 2009 | 10:00 am


The Times: Oct. 15, 1958
We finally review a Chandler novel and, alas, it's "Playback." Not a great book, but Kirsch offers some concise analysis. "There is no mindless violence in Chandler," Kirsch writes. "There are no gimmicks in Chandler, artificial devices of plot for the purpose of surprise. He does not write the classic puzzler." 

Note: To mark the 50th anniversary of Raymond Chandler's death, the Daily Mirror is revisiting some of The Times' stories about his life and influence. We invite the Daily Mirror's readers to share their thoughts.