Notes: I have particular hatred for this book for several reasons. Its bloated reputation is the biggest reason, but a far more personal reason is that, as far as I can tell, this book started the single most annoying line a female character in these types of mysteries ever says: "You're cute." (She is trying to be coy, you see.) I hate, hate, HATE this line, which is EVERYWHERE in this book. As far as I know, when most authors use this line they're consciously emulating Chandler, even if someone else beat him to the punch.
I was forced to re-read this book for a class. Although I tried to be generous to it, I hated it when I first read it and I still hate it. I recognize its importance now and I can appreciate its historical value, but I still dislike it intensely. Farewell My Lovely is much, much better.