Hard Cover. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1949. First Edition. Very Good / Dust Jacket Included.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's red cloth, lettered in gilt to spine; in the original pictorial dust jacket lettered in blue and white. A very good copy with a bit of a lean to spine and front board slightly bowed, light fading to spine and some darkening to gilt, tiny hole in the cloth near the center of the spine; in a very good dust jacket with fading to spine and wear to extremities including some small chips to spine ends and a few short tears to corners. Overall, a lovely copy. Bruccoli A8.1.d The Little Sister is the fifth detective novel in Chandler's series featuring his protagonist Detective Philip Marlowe, "the most exciting high-velocity private investigator in the business." Unlike Dashiell Hammett's Continental Op and Sam Spade, who are widely considered the archetypal hard-boiled detective figures, Marlowe possesses a sensitivity underneath his tough exterior that distinguishes him from similar detective characters in the genre. Like many of Chandler's novels, The Little Sister is set in Los Angeles and the novel illuminates much of the day to day life in that city. Specifically, The Little Sister involves Hollywood and the film industry, focusing on the younger sister of a rising starlet. Despite the slightly more sensitive nature of Chandler's detective, The Little Sister is classic hard-boiled detective fiction with all of the austerity and ruggedness that hallmarks the genre. As the dust jacket proclaims, "Chandler is the master is of his own brand of vernacular and sets it down as if he were a divinely appointed recording angel to the tough guy."