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 private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.
FRANK MACSHANE (1927-1999) was a literary biographer who specialized in writers who, as he described them, had "substantial followings and many enthusiastic champions" but who were not "automatically accepted into the highest literary rank." He is the author of The Life of Raymond Chandler and Raymond Chandler: A Bibliography, as well as biographies of Ford Maddox Ford, John O'Hara, and James Jones.
This two-volume set covers the full canon of Chandler's work, from early pulp stories to all the Marlowe novels, the screenplay for Double Indemnity, and essays on the mystery genre plus the usual Library of America goodies such as notes on the text and a chronology of the author's life.