Thursday, February 2, 2012

Santa Monica, 'AKA Bay City,' Celebrates Crime Writer Raymond Chandler

Melonie Magruder at the Lookout News reports on the Santa Monica, California Citywide Reads program that will feature the late great crime writer Raymond Chandler's fourth novel, The Lady in the Lake.

Raymond Chandler, the celebrated master of noir, was intimately familiar with Santa Monica. He immortalized the seaside town in his series of short stories set in “Bay City,” a shabby gambling burg that was heavy on speakeasies and debauchery and light on police scrutiny.

... But Santa Monica – or Bay City - inspired some of Chandler’s best metaphorical prose, including lines like Moose Malloy looking “as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food.”

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