Author Raymond Chandler in His Study

1954, Los Angeles, California, USA — Original caption: La Jolla, California: Veteran Mystery Writer Dies. Raymond Chandler, shown in 1954 file photo, Dean of the Country’s mystery writers, died here March 26th from pneumonia, he was 71. Chandler’s style set a pattern for the modern tough guy detective stories. His private eye hero, Philip Marlowe, set a trend in detective story writing which often featured sharp, clipped writing, strong verbs, and eye-arresting similes. A Philip Marlowe television series is in preparation. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS U1105051

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