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The Big Sleep

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First publication
1939

Literary form
Novel

Genres
Literary, crime, mystery

Writing language
English

Author's country
United States

Length
Approx. 72,000 words

The Big Sleep

THE NOVEL | THE TEXT | THE PHILIP MARLOWE MOVIES

Notable lines

First line

It was about eleven o'clock in the morning, mid-October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.

Passages

Neither of the two people in the room paid any attention to the way I came in, although only one of them was dead.

"I don't mind if you don't like my manners. They're pretty bad. I grieve over them during the long winter evenings."

"Such a nice escort, Mr. Cobb. So attentive. You should see him sober. I should see him sober. Somebody should see him sober. I mean, just for the record. So it could become a part of history, that brief flashing moment, soon buried in time, but never forgotten—when Larry Cobb was sober."

His heart was a brief, uncertain murmur. His thoughts were as gray as ashes. And in a little while he too...would be sleeping the big sleep.

Last line

On the way downtown I stopped at a bar and had a couple of double Scotches. They didn't do me any good. All they did was make me think of Silver Wig, and I never saw her again.

THE NOVEL | THE TEXT | THE PHILIP MARLOWE MOVIES

Related:

Author
Raymond Chandler

Movies
The Big Sleep

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The Long Goodbye

See also:

Author
Ernest Hemingway

Author
Dashiell Hammett

Novel
The Maltese Falcon

Author
Ross Macdonald

Novel
The Galton Case

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