fiction classics crime mystery mysterious fast-paced

251 pages | first published 1939

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Hard-boiled detective fiction at its best: Raymond Chandler's best loved novel, The Big Sleep, published as a Penguin Essential for the first time. 'I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it. I was everything the well-d...
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Moods

mysterious 86%
dark 63%
tense 40%
adventurous 31%
funny 23%
challenging 8%
reflective 8%
emotional 1%
relaxing 1%
sad 1%

Pace

medium 47%
fast 42%
slow 9%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 57% | A mix: 33% | Character: 9%

Strong character development?

No: 71% | It's complicated: 17% | Yes: 10%

Loveable characters?

No: 67% | It's complicated: 18% | Yes: 14%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 80% | It's complicated: 12% | Yes: 4% | N/A: 2%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 44% | No: 28% | It's complicated: 24% | N/A: 2%

Average rating

3.65