The Long Goodbye Author:Raymond Chandler The Long Goodbye is a 1953 novel by Raymond Chandler, centered on his famous detective Philip Marlowe. It is notable for using hard-boiled detective fiction as a vehicle for social criticism, as well as for including autobiographical elements from Chandler's life. In 1955, the novel received the Edgar Award for Best Novel. This is a full text... more » edition.
Philip Marlowe meets a drunk named Terry Lennox, a man with scars on one side of his face. They forge an uneasy friendship over the next few months. Everything changes when Lennox shows up late one night (in June 1950) at Marlowe's place, asking for a ride to the Tijuana airport. Marlowe agrees as long as Lennox doesn't tell him any details of why he's running. On his return to LA, Marlowe is arrested on suspicion of murder.« less