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Raymond Chandler, author, and if I may say so, the best writer of detective novels in the known history of the human race (in my humble opinion).

An American writer of hard-boiled detective novels, Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888-1959), along with Dashiell Hammett, set the style for the mainstream of American detective fiction. His series hero, Philip Marlowe, is tough-minded, loyal, and incorruptible in his dealings with the seamy side of American life and politics. Chandler wrote such original screenplays as "The Blue Dahlia" (1946) and coauthored Double Indemnity (1944) and Strangers on a Train (1951). Six of his novels were successfully filmed, including "The Big Sleep" (1939; film, 1946) with Humphrey Bogart as Marlowe, "Farewell, My Lovely" (1940; films, 1944 and 1975), and "The Long Goodbye" (1953; film, 1973), which won the 1954 Edgar Allan Poe Award.