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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Writing Quote: Raymond Chandler on the Real Life Private Detective

As Raymond Chandler himself would later admit, the typical real life private detective was not as he imagined his protagonist Philip Marlowe, an intellectual whose idea of a good time was a quiet night at home with a bottle of rye and a book of chess problems. The real PI was an ex-cop with the brains of a turtle who spent his time finding out where people had moved to.

John Baxter, A Pound of Paper, 2003 

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