Saturday, July 18, 2009

Try the Girl (short story; Chandler, Raymond)

Rating: 4
Year: 1937
Genre: Crime
Read Again? Yes.

Fourth of 12 shorts in "Trouble is My Business." This is another of the stories Chandler combined with some others and made into a novel--in this case, the opening scene and parts of "Farewell, My Lovely."

John Carmady is hijacked by a big man at the entrance to a Blacks-only bar. The man is fresh out of the Joint, looking for his old girfriend. He kills a couple of guys during his interrogation.

Carmady goes on the case, looking for the woman, hoping to reach her before the Big Man does.

So far, this story's got the most "dirty" words--but because of the censorious mentality of the time, they're all rendered as dashes: "-- you!"

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