I love noir
fiction and film noir
, and [b:Raymond Chandler|2052|The Big Sleep|Raymond Chandler|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41AGA624Z5L._SL75_.jpg|1222673] is the best of them all. This is a collection of short stories, led into by an essay on where so many writers before him went wrong. Murder isn't a flowery subject, and people aren't all genteel. His stories look at the rougher underside of life.