Offering a fascinating insight into the life of one of the greatest and most influential crime writers of the 20th century, Tom Williams’s biography is packed with nuggets of information on life in Victorian Ireland and America.
Reviewed by Heather McNally
The book will not only appeal to Chandler’s many fans but should give others a thirst for discovering his most famous creation: Private Investigator Philip Marlowe. The most enjoyable aspect of the book for this reader was discovering how Chandler’s early childhood experience had such a profound and lasting effect and that the foundation blocks for the wisecracking Marlowe were based on Chandler’s early experiences of his father. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read which blends Chandler’s life with history keeping it lively and entertaining.