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Subject: Raymond Chandler?
Date Posted: 9/2/2009 2:45 PM ET
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My boss is having hip-replacement surgery and we'd like to pitch in for some books for him. He likes Raymond Chandler, but has them all. What similar-style authors would you recommend for us to include in our gift?


Date Posted: 9/2/2009 9:44 PM ET
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I found this list on B & N:

If You Like Raymond Chandler

You'll Like...  


  Dashiell Hammett 

  Robert B. Parker 

  James M. Cain 

  Ross MacDonald


The two that first came to mind for me were Hammett and Cain. I have not read the other two. Hope the hip surgery goes well!

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 11:44 PM ET
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Hammett definitely - he would probably really enjoy the Continental Op stories in particular.

Cain is really, really different from Chandler, though they are often lumped together.  Jim Thompson might be a good bet.  Some of the old S.S. Van Dine books are lots of fun.  Cornell Woolrich, though not read much anymore, is pretty terrific.  And I agree, Ross MacDonald and Robert Parker are both great.

Has he tried James Ellroy?  The LA Quartet is kind of amazing.

I love Chandler, too.  I've read all his books except for one.  I keep putting off reading it, beacuse then I'll be done.

Last Edited on: 9/2/09 11:50 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/3/2009 7:58 AM ET
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Thanks so much for the help! I'll be able to get him an assortment now. Wish me luck as I go to the bookstore...and ONLY purchase these gift books...I will NOT buy myself anything...Sigh. Thanks again! Debbie

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 7:40 PM ET
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John D. MacDonald is another good choice and he's still in print.  For modern writers, similar style, try Peter Spiegelman, Jonathon King, Charles Knief (hard to find), and Jeremiah Healy.