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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,418 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Raymond Chandler Narrator: Elliott Gould Publisher: Phoenix Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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Private eye John Dalmas sets out to rescue a rich young playboy from the clutches of a fortune-hunting redhead and a blackmailing gambler. But as he through the seamy underside of L.A.'s wealth and glitz, he keeps bumping into dead bodies.

Johnny Dalmas appeared in several of Raymond Chandler's early stories published in Dime Detective. By the time The Big Sleep was published in 1939 his character had evolved into Philip Marlowe. In this recording we have chosen to use the original name. Trouble Is My Business exhibits the hard-edged humor, taut languages, and unexpected plot twists that later made Philip Marloweg famous. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 2/20/2014

    " While not perfect, this novel really pushes my buttons for works of the genre. Great work, excellent example of the period. If I were picking desert island books this would be one...along with Big Sleep, Maltese Falcon, Vixen Shamus, and of course The Glass Key!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 2/11/2014

    " A classic 30's collection of four Marlowe detective stories. The slang alone is worth it. Interesting plots too, with the master of cool thrown in for good measure. I kept seeing Humphrey Bogart in my head as I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dhami | 1/23/2014

    " You can't go far wrong with Chandler. After reading he was a favorite of Haruki Murakami, I picked up Chandler and went on a Chandler reading marathon. Many of the shorter stories in Trouble is My Business were later incorporated into full length books... so a few of them are redundant. But they are still good reads. Hence only four stars. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 1/14/2014

    " A collection of Chandler's old "Black Mask" magazine greatest hits edited to be a collection of Marlowe stories. And by edited, I mean that Chandler changed the protagonist's name to 'Marlowe' in all of the stories. Nothing more. Chandler isn't terribly careful about internal consistency at his best, but this is ridiculous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwenhwyfar | 1/7/2014

    " There are few things I enjoy more than a good old school detective story. Raymond Chandler makes them even better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE | 1/3/2014

    " Same name as a previous bk listed by me here but w/ a larger collection inside - including "The Lady in the Lake" in short form. Who makes the decisions to publish a bk of the same name as a previous bk by the same author is a mystery to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 8/14/2013

    " The stories range from baffling to classic. Chandler's style was still a work in progress at the time he wrote these. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 7/15/2013

    " I only wish I had read this sooner. A good collection. It is hard not to picture Bogey as Marlowe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regan | 6/14/2013

    " Finally finished this magical disappearing/reappearing short story collection. Wonderful characterization and tone, phenomenal style. This reaffirms what I've known for years, that I want to live in Chandler's prose. Not the stories themselves. I haven't got the guts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Supriya | 4/4/2013

    " Chandler's short stories are as good as everything else he wrote. This man is my idol. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaun | 11/18/2012

    " More fantastic noir by Raymond Chandler. I love this guy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 7/29/2012

    " Short stories. Good if you like his Chandlers style and have already read his more famous books. Entertaining old school gangster/private dick stlye. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri Day | 7/24/2012

    " So far, I love this book. It's got the gritty feel of those old pulp mystery novels. I'm only 14 pages in, and we've already had our first murder! As well as a damsel in distress. It's a good read, and Raymond Chandler is an entertaining writer, bringing the best of pulp mysteries to book form. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James T. Spartz | 1/4/2012

    " I like the noir, this is one of the noirest. I know I just made that word up, but it's true nonetheless. The language and back alley ways of these gritty crime dramas are aspects I enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 10/27/2011

    " Great Philip Marlowe short stories. King of Noir. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E | 6/7/2011

    " Not his usual witty self - something is missing here. Maybe it's Philip Marlowe... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bryce Beattie | 5/9/2011

    " Just exactly what you'd expect - lots of great hardboiled detective fiction. It didn't change my life or anything, but it definitely scratched that itch. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boozy | 5/6/2011

    " Great collection of Noir from the master Raymond Chandler. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 norman | 4/6/2011

    " Interesting look at the noir genre. the stories get too common if you have seen or read a lot of noir before. Favorite story: goldfish "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 3/22/2011

    " Not as inventive story as some of the other works. It's more of a short story/radio drama type plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 12/23/2010

    " This edition is a collection of 4 short stories, of which, Finger Man and Red Wind are the strongest, and the latter so excellent that it elevates the book from 4 to 5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 10/28/2010

    " 4 short undiluted Marlowe stories captured in roughly 60 pages each. Sticky atmosphere and high tension on every sentence, almost every word. This gave me all the rye and sweating eyebrows I wanted in just the right doses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 5/13/2010

    " In the four long stories in this collection, Marlowe is hired to protect a rich old guy from a gold digger, runs afoul of crooked politicos, gets a line on some stolen jewels with a reward attached, and stumbles across a murder victim who may have been an extortionist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/3/2009

    " It's gumshoe time with Raymond Chandler. Forgot how much I liked him. "

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About the Author
Author Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler (1888–1959) was an American novelist and screenwriter. In 1932, after losing his job as an oil company executive, Chandler at age forty-four and during the Depression decided to become a writer. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. In addition to his short stories, Chandler published only seven novels during his life. In the year before he died, he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America.