New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939. First Edition, First Printing. Octavo, 277 pages; VG/none; bound in publisher's russet cloth with blue blocking, top edge of text block blue; name and address on ffep; very slight fading to spine; WD consignment; shelved case 6.
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The Big Sleep is a hardboiled crime novel, the first to feature the detective Philip Marlowe. It has been adapted for film twice, in 1946 and again in 1978. The story is noted for its complexity, with characters double-crossing one another and secrets being exposed throughout the narrative. The title is a euphemism for death; it refers to a rumination about "sleeping the big sleep" in the final pages of the book. [wikipedia]