My Book Notes: “Finger Man” (1934) a novella by Raymond Chandler (Updated 3 August 2022)

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Collected in Trouble Is My Business (1950) Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reprint edition (June 11 2002). Book Format: Kindle Edition. File Size: 419 KB. Print Length: 195 pages. ASIN: B000FBFM3Y. eISBN: 978-1-4000-3023-1. The stories in Trouble Is My Business appeared in The Simple Art of Murder, Houghton Mifflin, 1950. The material in that edition originally appeared in the following magazines: Black Mask, Dime Detective, Detective Fiction Weekly, The Saturday Evening Post, Atlantic Monthly, and The Saturday Review of Literature.

9780394757643Book Description: This collection by crime fiction master Raymond Chandler features four long stories in which private eye Philip Marlowe is hired to protect a rich old guy from a gold digger, runs afoul of crooked politicos, gets a line on some stolen jewels with a reward attached, and stumbles across a murder victim who may have been an extortionist.

The stories in this edition are: ‘Trouble Is My Business’ (Dime Detective Magazine, August 1939); ‘Finger Man’ (Black Mask, October 1934); ‘Goldfish’ (Black Mask, June 1936); and ‘Red Wind’ (Dime Detective Magazine, January 1938).

 Opening lines:

“Trouble is My Business”: Anna Halsey was about two hundred and forty pounds of middle-aged putty-faced woman in a black tailor-made suit. Her eyes were shiny black shoe buttons, her cheeks were as soft as suet and about the same color. She was sitting behind a black glass desk that looked like Napoleon’s tomb and she was smoking a cigarette in a black holder that was not quite as long as a rolled umbrella. She said: “I need a man.”

“Finger Man”: I got away from the Grand Jury a little after four, and then sneaked up the back stairs to Fenweather’s office. Fenweather, the D.A., was a man with severe, chiseled features and the gray temples women love. He played with a pen on his desk and said: “I think they believed you. They might even indict Manny Tinnen for the Shannon kill this afternoon. If they do, then is the time you begin to watch your step.”

“Goldfish”: I wasn’t doing any work that day, just catching up on my foot-dangling. A warm gusty breeze was blowing in at the office window and the soot from the Mansion House Hotel oil burners across the alley was rolling across the glass top of my desk in tiny particles, like pollen drifting over a vacant lot.

“Red Wind”: There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.

My Take (“Finger Man”): In this edition, Philip Marlowe has just testified before the Grand Jury. His evidence might convict Manny Tinnen of Shannon’s murder. In which case, Fenweather, the D. A., suggests him that the time has come to watch his steps. Marlow refuses the surveillance offered by Fenweather, and the D. A. asks him, how well does he know Frank Dorr?  “I know he’s a big politico, a fixer you have to see if you want to open a gambling hell or a bawdy house –or if yo want to sell honest merchandise to the city”. Right, replies Fenweather, and if Frank Dorr has an interest in getting rid of Shannon who was the head of the Board where Dorr was supposed to get the contracts from, it seems pretty reasonable to assume he’d take his chances. Besides, according to what he’s been told, Dorr and Tinnen had dealings. Before he left, Fenweather tells him he’s going to be out of town for a couple of days and, if anything happens to go wrong, go and see Bernie Ohls, his chief investigator.

When Marlow returns to his office he finds his friend Lou Harger waiting for him. Harger had owned a casino that failed. One of his roulette tables has ended up at Las Olindas, a casino run by a business competitor called Canales. Harger knows Pina, Canales’ head croupier, pretty well. The roulette wheel has bugs, and he knows the bugs. Harger believes his knowledge can enable him to win a fortune. He’ll be going with Miss Glenn, a tall redhead, a swell looker, to prevent Canales from keeping an eye on him constantly, but he needs Marlowe to protect him. After some hesitation, Marlowe accepts to drop himself down to Las Olindas, under two conditions. The first that he doesn’t want any money in return and secondly provided that Harger doesn’t pay him more attention than strictly necessary. 

“Finger Man” was originally published in the October 1934 issue of Black Mask. It is the third story that Chandler published in this magazine after “Blackmailers Don’t Shoot” (Black Mask, 1933) and “Smart-Aleck Kill” (Black Mask, 1934). The story was formerly told in the first person by a nameless narrator. For some time it was thought that the character was Carmady and that he had made his debut in this story. The reason for this was that Carmady in “Goldfish” (Black Mask, 1936) recalls some of the events that took place in some earlier stories such as “Finger Man”. It was not until some years later than the unknown first-person narrator became Philip Marlowe. My previous entry on Trouble Is My Business (Penguin Books Ltd. 1983) did not contain “Finger Man” in my battered edition. Now I have come across this edition and became interested in reading it. Perhaps the main and maybe only interest of “Finger Man” lies in the fact that it is the first Chandler story written in the first person and that it will serve as the mould -or template- on which most of his work will be based. Personally, I don’t think “Finger Man” is one of Chandler’s strongest instalments, although it was apparently one of his favourites. I rather think it’s pretty loose.

During his lifetime Raymond Chandler published twenty-three short stories [plus two posthumously published]. Yet of this relatively small output only fifteen are generally known to the reading public. For a quarter of a century the remaining eight have lain buried in the crumbling pages of old pulp magazines. And these eight stories are among his finest. In 1950 Chandler published his ‘official’ collection of short stories under the title The Simple Art of Murder, but that volume does not include any of the eight stories of this collection [‘Killer in the Rain’; ‘The Man Who Liked Dogs’; ‘The Curtain’; ‘Try the Girl’; ‘Mandarin’s Jade’; ‘Bay City Blues’; ‘The Lady in the Lake’; and ‘No Crime in the Mountains’]. Although all eight had been published, the author excluded them because they had been ‘cannibalized’. A substantial part of Chandler’s first novel The Big Sleep (1939) was made from ‘Killer in the Rain’ (Black Mask January 1935 and ‘The Curtain’ (Black Mask, September 1936); the second novel, Farewell, My Lovely (1940), made extensive use of ‘The Man Who Loved Dogs’ (Black Mask, March 1936), ‘Try the Girl’ (Black Mask, January 1937) and ‘Mandarin’s Jade’ (Dime Detective Magazine, November 1937); and the fourth novel The Lady in the Lake (1934) relied on ‘Bay City Blues’ (Dime Detective Magazine, June 1938), ‘The Lady in the Lake’ (Dime Detective Magazine 1939) and ‘No Crime in the Mountains’ (Detective Story Magazine, September 1941). Besides, Farewell, My Lovely also used a small part from ‘Trouble Is My Business’; The High Window drew a small portion from ‘The King in Yellow’; and The Long Goodbye used a small bit from ‘The Curtain’. Occasionally, he also borrowed from one short story to another. (Source: Philip Durham, Introduction to Killer in The Rain by Raymond Chandler, Penguin Books, 1964).

About the Author: Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 -1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler’s detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler’s novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died in La Jolla, California on March 26, 1959. (Source: Penguin Random House)

Raymond Chandler (1888 – 1959) Selected Bibliography and Spanish Titles

Penguin Random House publicity page

Penguin UK publicity page

Raymond Chandler – Authors’ Calendar

Raymond Chandler at Golden Age of Detection Wiki

Mike Grost on Raymond Chandler at A Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection

“Finger Man” (El chivato) de Raymond Chandler

Descripción del libro: Esta colección del maestro de la novela policiaca Raymond Chandler presenta cuatro relatos largos en los que contratan al detective privado Philip Marlowe para proteger a un anciano rico de un buscador de oro, enfrentarse a políticos corruptos, obtener una pista sobre algunas joyas robadas junto con una recompensa, y encontrarse con la víctima de un asesinato que puede haber sido un extorsionador.

Las historias en esta edición son: ‘Trouble Is My Business’ (Dime Detective Magazine, August 1939), en español: Los problemas son mi negocio; ‘Finger Man’ (Black Mask, October 1934), en español El chivato; ‘Goldfish’  (Black Mask, June 1936) en español Peces de colores; y ‘Red Wind’ (Dime Detective Magazine, January 1938) en español Viento rojo.

Primeras líneas: (traducción de Fernando González Corugedo)

“Trouble is My Business”: Anna Halsey eran ciento diez kilos de mujer de mediana edad y cara fofa metidos en un traje de chaqueta negro. Los ojos eran unos botoncitos negros brillantes, las mejillas eran tan blandas como la cera caliente de una vela y más o menos del mismo color. Estaba sentada detrás de una mesa de escritorio de cristal negro que parecía la tumba de Napoleón y fumaba un cigarrillo en una boquilla negra que se asemejaba en su forma a un paraguas enrollado.

—Necesito un hombre —dijo.

“Finger Man”: Terminé con el gran jurado poco después de las cuatro y me escabullí por las escaleras de atrás hacia el despacho de Fenweather. Fenweather era el fiscal del distrito, un hombre con esas facciones severas, esculpidas y esas sienes grises que a las mujeres les encantan. Jugaba con una pluma sobre la mesa, y al verme, dijo:

—Creo que le han creído. Puede incluso que esta tarde inculpen a Manny Tinnen por la muerte de Shannon. Si lo hacen, será el momento de que empiece a vigilar sus espaldas.

“Goldfish”: Ese día no pensaba trabajar, solo ponerme al día en el arte de balancear los pies. Una brisita tibia y racheada entraba por la ventana del despacho y del hollín de las calderas del hotel Mansion House, al otro lado del callejón, rodaban partículas minúsculas sobre la superficie de cristal de mi mesa, como el polen que vuela por un solar vacío.

“Red Wind”: Aquella noche soplaba el viento del desierto. Era uno de esos vientos de Santa Ana secos y calientes que bajan de los puertos de montaña y te rizan el pelo y te hacen saltar los nervios y te pica la piel. En noches como esa, cualquier reunión en que se beba acaba en pelea. Las esposas más sumisas comprueban el filo del cuchillo de la carne y estudian el cuello de sus maridos. Puede pasar cualquier cosa. Incluso que te tomes una jarra grande de cerveza en un bar de cócteles.

Mi opinión (“Finger Man”): En esta edición, Philip Marlowe acaba de testificar ante el Gran Jurado. Su evidencia podría condenar a Manny Tinnen por el asesinato de Shannon. En cuyo caso, Fenweather, el fiscal del distrito, le sugiere que ha llegado el momento de cuidar sus pasos. Marlow rechaza la vigilancia ofrecida por Fenweather, y el fiscal del distrtio le pregunta, ¿Cómo conoce de bien a Frank Dorr? “Sé que es un gran político, un “mediador”que tienes que ver si quieres abrir un garito de juego o una casa de prostitución, o si quieres venderle mercadería honesta a la ciudad”. Correcto, responde Fenweather, y si Frank Dorr tiene interés en deshacerse de Shannon, quien era el jefe de la Junta de la que se suponía que Dorr obtendría los contratos, parece bastante razonable suponer que se arriesgaría. Además, según le han contado, Dorr y Tinnen tenían tratos. Antes de irse, Fenweather le dice que estará fuera de la ciudad por un par de días y que, si algo sale mal, vaya a ver a Bernie Ohls, su investigador principal.

Cuando Marlow regresa a su oficina, encuentra a su amigo Lou Harger esperándolo. Harger había sido dueño de un casino que fracasó. Una de sus mesas de ruleta terminó en Las Olindas, un casino administrado por un competidor comercial llamado Canales. Harger conoce bastante bien a Pina, el croupier jefe de Canales. La rueda de la ruleta tiene errores, y él conoce los errores. Harger cree que su conocimiento puede permitirle ganar una fortuna. Irá con la señorita Glenn, una pelirroja alta, muy guapa, para evitar que Canales lo vigile constantemente, pero necesita que Marlowe lo proteja. Después de algunas dudas, Marlowe acepta dejarse caer hasta Las Olindas, bajo dos condiciones. La primera es que no quiere dinero a cambio y la segunda siempre y cuando Harger no le preste más atención de la estrictamente necesaria.

“Finger Man” se publicó originalmente en la edición de octubre de 1934 de Black Mask. Es la tercera historia que publicaba Chandler en esta revista después de “Blackmailers Don’t Shoot” (Black Mask, 1933) y “Smart-Aleck Kill” (Black Mask, 1934). La historia estaba contada anteriormente en primera persona por un narrador anónimo. Durante algún tiempo se pensó que el personaje era Carmady y que había debutado en esta historia. La razón de esto fue que Carmady en “Goldfish” (Black Mask, 1936) recuerda algunos de los sucesos que tuvieron lugar en algunos relatos anteriores como “Finger Man”. No fue hasta algunos años después que el desconocido narrador en primera persona se convirtió en Philip Marlowe. Mi entrada anterior sobre Trouble Is My Business (Penguin Books Ltd. 1983) no incluía “Finger Man” en mi maltrecha edición. Ahora me he encontrado con esta edición y me interesó leerlo. Quizás el principal y posiblemente unico interés de “Finger Man” reside en el hecho de que se trata de la primera historia de Chandler escrita en primera persona y que le servirá de molde -o plantilla- sobre la que se basará la mayor parte de su obra. Personalmente, no creo que “Finger Man” sea una de las mejores entregas de Chandler, aunque aparentemente era una de sus favoritas. Más bien creo que es bastante floja.

Durante su vida, Raymond Chandler publicó veintitrés cuentos [más dos publicadas póstumamente]. Sin embargo, de esta producción relativamente pequeña, solo quince son generalmente conocidos por el público lector. Durante un cuarto de siglo, los ocho restantes han estado enterrados en las páginas deterioradas de viejas revistas pulp. Y estas ocho historias están entre sus mejores. En 1950, Chandler publicó su colección “oficial” de relatos bajo el título The Simple Art of Murder, pero ese volumen no incluye ninguno de los ocho relatos de esta colección [‘Killer in the Rain’; ‘The Man Who Liked Dogs’; ‘The Curtain’; ‘Try the Girl’; ‘Mandarin’s Jade’; ‘Bay City Blues’; ‘The Lady in the Lake’; and ‘No Crime in the Mountains’]. Aunque los ocho habían sido publicados, el autor los excluyó porque habían sido ‘canibalizados’. Una parte sustancial de la primera novela de Chandler, The Big Sleep (1939), se hizo a partir de ‘Killer in the Rain’ (Black Mask, enero de 1935 y ‘The Curtain’ (Black Mask, septiembre de 1936); la segunda novela, Farewell, My Lovely (1940 ), hizo un uso extenso de ‘The Man Who Loved Dogs’ (Black Mask, marzo de 1936), ‘Try the Girl’ (Black Mask, enero de 1937) y ‘Mandarin’s Jade’ (Dime Detective Magazine, noviembre de 1937); y la cuarta novela The Lady in the Lake (1934) se basó en ‘Bay City Blues’ (Dime Detective Magazine, junio de 1938), ‘The Lady in the Lake’ (Dime Detective Magazine 1939) y ‘No Crime in the Mountains’ (Detective Story Magazine, septiembre de 1941). Además, Farewell, My Lovely también usó una pequeña parte de ‘Trouble Is My Business’, The High Window tomó una pequeña porción de ‘The King in Yellow’ y The Long Goodbye usó una pequeña parte de ‘The Curtain’ Ocasionalmente, también tomó prestado de un relato a otro. (Fuente: Philip Durham, Introducción a Killer in The Rain de Raymond Chandler, Penguin Books, 1964).

Acerca del autor: Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 -1959) fue el gran especialista de novela policíaca hardboiled estadounidense. Aunque nació en Chicago, Chandler pasó la mayor parte de su infancia y juventud en Inglaterra, donde asistió al Dulwich College y luego trabajó como periodista independiente para The Westminster Gazette y The Spectator. Durante la Primera Guerra Mundial, Chandler sirvió en Francia con la Primera División de la Fuerza Expedicionaria Canadiense, trasladado después al Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). En 1919 regresó a los Estados Unidos y se instaló en California, donde finalmente se convirtió en director de varias empresas petroleras independientes. La Depresión puso fin a su carrera, y en 1933, a la edad de cuarenta y cinco años, se dedicó a escribir historias de ficción, publicando sus primeros relatos en Black Mask. Las historias de detectives de Chandler a menudo estaban protagonizadas por el descarado pero honorable Philip Marlowe (presentado en 1939 en su primera novela, The Big Sleep) y se destacaron por su presentación literaria y su acertado ojo crítico. Chandler, que nunca fue un escritor prolífico, publicó solo una colección de relatos y siete novelas en su vida. Algunas de las novelas de Chandler, como The Big Sleep, se convirtieron en películas clásicas que ayudaron a definir el film noir. En el último año de su vida fue elegido presidente de Mystery Writers of America. Murió en La Jolla, California el 26 de marzo de 1959. (Fuente: Penguin Random House)

Raymond Chandler (1888 – 1959)

OIPRaymond Thornton Chandler was an American novelist and screenwriter. In 1932, at age forty-four, Raymond Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Depression. His first short story, “Blackmailers Don’t Shoot”, was published in 1933 in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. In addition to his short stories, Chandler published just seven full novels during his lifetime (though an eighth in progress at his death was completed by Robert B. Parker). All but Playback have been realized into motion pictures, some several times. In the year before he died, he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died on March 26, 1959, in La Jolla, California. Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature, and is considered by many to be a founder, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and other Black Mask writers, of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction. Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, along with Hammett’s Sam Spade, are considered by some to be synonymous with “private detective,” both having been played on screen by Humphrey Bogart, whom many considered to be the quintessential Marlowe. Some of Chandler’s novels are considered to be important literary works, and three are often considered to be masterpieces: Farewell, My Lovely (1940), The Little Sister (1949), and The Long Goodbye (1953). The Long Goodbye is praised within an anthology of American crime stories as “arguably the first book since Hammett’s The Glass Key, published more than twenty years earlier, to qualify as a serious and significant mainstream novel that just happened to possess elements of mystery”. (Source: Goodreads)

Raymond Chandler (1888 – 1959) Selected Bibliography and Spanish Titles

Novels: The Big Sleep (1939); Farewell, My Lovely (1940); The High Window (1942); The Lady in the Lake (1943); The Little Sister (1949); The Long Goodbye (1953); Playback (1958); and Poodle Springs (1959) – incomplete; completed by Robert B. Parker in 1989

Raymond Chandler at The New Thrilling Detective Web Site

Raymond Chandler at Golden Age of Detection Wiki

Mike Grost on Raymond Chandler at A Guide to Classic Mystery and Detection

However, as I discuss in my Raymond Chandler essay, “The Amateur Detective Just Won’t Do: Raymond Chandler and British Detective Fiction,” Chandler in fact was an admirer of two British detective novelists who sometimes have been dismissed as dull (“Humdrum” even), Freeman Wills Crofts, a major subject of my book Masters of the “Humdrum” Mystery who recently has been reprinted by the British Library, and R. Austin Freeman, whom in Masters I dub the father of the so-called “Humdrums.” (The Passing Tramp)

Raymond Chandler’s Grudge Against British Mysteries, Reconsidered by Curtis Evans


(Facsimile Dust Jacket, Alfred A. Knopf (USA), 1939)

The Big Sleep (1939) is a hardboiled crime novel by Raymond Chandler, the first to feature the detective Philip Marlowe. It has been adapted for film twice, in 1946 and again in 1978. The story is set in Los Angeles. 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; the final pages of the book refer to a rumination about “sleeping the big sleep”. In 1999, the book was voted 96th of Le Monde’s “100 Books of the Century”. In 2005, it was included in Time magazine’s “List of the 100 Best Novels”.

The Big Sleep, like most of Chandler’s novels, was written by what he called “cannibalizing” his short stories. Chandler would take stories he had already published in the pulp magazine Black Mask and rework them into a coherent novel. For The Big Sleep, the two main stories that form the core of the novel are “Killer in the Rain” (published in 1935) and “The Curtain” (published in 1936). Although the stories were independent and shared no characters, they had some similarities that made it logical to combine them. In both stories there is a powerful father who is distressed by his wayward daughter. Chandler merged the two fathers into a new character and did the same for the two daughters, resulting in General Sternwood and his wild daughter Carmen. Chandler also borrowed small parts of two other stories, “Finger Man” and “Mandarin’s Jade”. (Source: Wikipedia)

Book Description: Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood’s two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA’s seedy backstreets, Marlowe’s got his work cut out – and that’s before he stumbles over the first corpse . . (Source: Amazon)

The Big Sleep has been reviewed, among others, at Mysteries in Paradise, Mystery File, the crime segments, Yet Another Crime Fiction Blog, Past Offences, Bitter, Tea and Mystery, and Golden Age of Detection Wiki.

The World of Raymond Chandler and ‘The Big Sleep’

My take: Although my favourite Chandler’s book is The Long Goodbye, I have chosen The Big Sleep as the most representative of his novels and a good starting point to become acquainted with Chandler’s works.

Raymond Chandler (1888 – 1959) Selected Bibliography and Spanish Titles

A friend of mine has asked me if I could provide him the Spanish titles of Chandler’s work. For this reason, I repeat here my previous post, together with the titles in Spanish. The titles were taken from the Spanish editions by RBA Publishers,Todo Marlowe and Todos los cuentos; they may differ from other editions. 

Un amigo mío me ha preguntado si le podía proporcionar los títulos en español de la obra de Chandler. Por esta razón, repito aquí mi post anterior, junto con los títulos en español. Los títulos fueron tomadas de las ediciones en español de RBA Editores, Todo Marlowe y Todos los cuentos; que pueden diferir de otras ediciones.


  • The Big Sleep. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1939; London: Hamish Hamilton, 1939. El sueño eterno
  • Farewell, My Lovely. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1940; London: Hamish Hamilton, 1940. Adiós, muñeca
  • The High Window. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1942; London: Hamish Hamilton, 1943. La ventana alta
  • The Lady in the Lake. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1943; London: Hamish Hamilton, 1944. La dama del lago
  • The Little Sister. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1949; Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1949. La hermana pequeña
  • The Long Goodbye. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1953; Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1954. El largo adiós
  • Playback. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1958; Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958. Playback

Short Fiction

  • ‘Blackmailers Don’t Shoot’. Black Mask, December 1933 Los chantajistas no matan
  • ‘Smart-Aleck Kill’. Black Mask, July 1934. Pasarse de listo
  • ‘Finger Man’. Black Mask, October 1934. El chivato
  • ‘Killer in the Rain’. Black Mask, January 1935. Un asesino en la lluvia
  • ‘Nevada Gas’. Black Mask, June 1935. Gas de Nevada
  • ‘Spanish Blood’. Black Mask, November 1935. Sangre española
  • ‘Guns at Cyrano’s’. Black Mask, January 1936. Pistolas en Cyrano’s
  • ‘The Man Who Liked Dogs’. Black Mask, March 1936. El hombre al que le gustaban los perros
  • ‘Noon Street Nemesis’ (republished as ‘Pickup on Noon Street’). Detective Fiction Weekly, May 30, 1936. Recogida en la calle Noon
  • ‘Goldfish’. Black Mask, June 1936. Peces de colores
  • ‘The Curtain’. Black Mask, September 1936. Telón
  • ‘Try the Girl’. Black Mask, January 1937. Prueba con la chica
  • ‘Mandarin’s Jade’. Dime Detective Magazine, November 1937. El jade del mandarín
  • ‘Red Wind’. Dime Detective Magazine, January 1938. Viento rojo
  • ‘The King in Yellow’. Dime Detective Magazine, March 1938. El rey del amarillo
  • ‘Bay City Blues’. Dime Detective Magazine, June 1938. Los blues de Bay City
  • ‘The Lady in the Lake’. Dime Detective Magazine, January 1939. La dama del lago
  • ‘Pearls Are a Nuisance’. Dime Detective Magazine, April 1939. La perlas son una molestia
  • ‘Trouble Is My Business’. Dime Detective Magazine, August 1939. Mi negocio son los problemas
  • ‘I’ll Be Waiting’. Saturday Evening Post, October 14, 1939. Estaré esperando
  • ‘The Bronze Door’. Unknown Magazine, November 1939. La puerta de bronce
  • ‘No Crime in the Mountains’. Detective Story, September 1941. No hay crímenes en las montañas
  • ‘Professor Bingo’s Snuff’. Park East, June-August 1951; Go, June-July 1951. El rapé del profesor Bingo
  • ‘Marlowe Takes on the Syndicate’. London Daily Mail, April 6-10 1959, also published as ‘The Wrong Pidgeon’. Manhunt, February 1961. Reprinted as ‘The Pencil’, Argosy, September 1965; and “Philip Marlowe’s Last Case”, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, January 1962. El lápiz
  • ‘English Summer’. First published posthumously in The Notebooks of Raymond Chandler and English Summer: A Gothic Romance by Raymond Chandler, ed. Frank MacShane, The Ecco Press, New York, 1976. Verano inglés

Review: Killer In The Rain by Raymond Chandler

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Penguin Books 1966. First published by Hamish Hamilton, 1964. Paperback Format with an introduction by Philip Durham. ISBN: 0-14-010900-5. Pages : 429. 


As we can read in the Introduction by Philip Durham, when Raymond Chandler published his official collection of short stories under the title The Simple Art of Murder in 1950, only fifteen of the twenty-three short stories published during his life time, were included. Three of these eight were reprinted without his express permission. This volume contains the eight short stories that were excluded. They were originally published in pulp magazines between 1935 and 1941 and are among his finest.

This was because he felt that … in the process of writing … his novels, Chandler had borrowed, expanded, and extensively reworked plots, passages, and characters from these eight stories (cannibalized) (from Wikipedia). A substantial part of The Big Sleep was made from ‘The Curtain’, ‘Killer in the Rain’, as well as small passages from ‘Finger Man’. Farewell, My Lovely made extensive use of ‘The Man Who Loved Dogs’, ‘Try the Girl’ and ‘Mandarin’s Jade’. The Lady in the Lake relied on ‘Bay City Blues’, ‘The Lady in the Lake’ and ‘No Crime in the Mountains’. Besides, Farewell, My Lovely also used a small part from ‘Trouble Is My Business’; The High Window drew a small portion from ‘The King in Yellow’; and The Long Goodbye used a small bit from  ‘The Curtain’. Occasionally, he also borrowed from one short story to another.

These eight stories, with the name of the publication in which they originally appeared, are: ‘Killer in the Rain’ (Black Mask, January 1935); ‘The Man Who Liked Dogs’ (Black Mask, March 1936); ‘The Curtain’ (Black Mask, September 1936); ‘Try the Girl’ (Black Mask, January 1937); ‘Mandarin’s Jade’ (Dime Detective Magazine, November 1937); ‘Bay City Blues’ (Dime Detective Magazine, November 1937); ‘The Lady in the Lake’ (Dime Detective Magazine, January 1939) and ‘No Crime in the Mountains’ (Detective Story Magazine, September 1941).

And now, if you allow me, I’m going to finish my Chandler marathon immersed in the reading of these stories. Have a nice weekend.

Penguin (UK)

They are also available at Raymond Chandler: Collected Stories published by Everyman’s Library, which contains all of Chandler’s short fiction.

Asesino bajo la lluvia y otros relatos de Raymond Chandler

Según podemos leer en la introducción de Philip Durham, cuando Raymond Chandler publicó su colección oficial de relatos bajo el título El simple arte de matar en 1950, sólo quince de los veintitrés cuentos publicados durante su vida, fueron incluidos. Tres de estos ocho fueron reimpresos sin su permiso expreso. Este volumen contiene los ocho cuentos que fueron excluidos. Se publicaron originalmente en revistas pulp entre 1935 y 1941 y se encuentran entre los mejores.

Esto fue porque sentía que … en el proceso de escribir sus novelas …, Chandler había prestado, ampliado, y ampliamente reelaborado tramas, pasajes y personajes de estos ocho relatos (canibalizados) (de Wikipedia). Una parte sustancial de El sueño eterno se elabora a partir de ‘El telón’, ‘Asesino bajo la lluvia’, así como con algunos pasajes de ‘El confidente’. Adiós, muñeca utiliza partes de ‘El hombre que amaba a los perros’, ‘Prueba con la chica’ y ‘El jade del mandarín’. La dama del lago está basada en ‘Los blues de Bay City‘, ‘La dama del lago’ y ‘No hay crímenes en las montañas’. Además, Adiós, muñeca también usa parte de ‘Los problemas son mi negocio’; La ventana alta está sacada en parte de ‘El rey del amarillo’; y El largo adiós tiene fragmentos de ‘El telón’. De vez en cuando, él también tomó prestado de un cuento a otro.

Estos ocho relatos, con el nombre de la publicación en donde aparecieron originalmente, son: ‘Asesino bajo la lluvia’ (Black Mask, enero 1935); ‘‘El hombre que amaba a los perros’ (Black Mask, marzo 1936); ‘El telón’ (Black Mask, septiembre 1936); ‘Prueba con la chica’ (Black Mask, enero 1937); ‘El jade del mandarin’ (Dime Detective Magazine, noviembre 1937); ‘Los blues de Bay City’ (Dime Detective Magazine, noviembre 1937); ‘La dama del lago’ (Dime Detective Magazine, enero 1939) y ‘No hay crímenes en las montañas’ (Detective Story Magazine, septiembre 1941).

Y ahora, si me lo permiten, voy a terminar mi maratón Chandler inmerso en la lectura de estos cuentos. Que tengan un buen fin de semana.

Estos relatos están disponibles en Todos los cuentos de Raymond Chandler publicado por RBA, que recoge todas las historias cortas de Chandler.

La edición de Alianza, en la imagen, reúne sólo cuatro relatos: Asesino bajo la lluvia, 1935; Los blues de Bay City, 1938; El lápiz, 1960; y Peces de colores, 1936.

Review: Trouble Is My Business and Other Stories by Raymond Chandler

Esta entrada es bilingüe, para ver la versión en castellano desplazarse hacia abajo

Penguin, 1950. Reprinted 1983. Paperback format. The stories in this volume first appeared in various American magazines between 1933 and 1939. They were first issued in book form in the U.S.A. in 1946. ‘Trouble is my Business’ in a volume entitled Spanish Blood, the reminder in a volume entitled Red Wind, This is the first volume publication in Great Britain. ISBN: 0-1400-0741-5. Pages: 248.


In July 2010, Patty Abad kindly published the following note I wrote about Trouble Is My Business which I offer here:

When Patty Abbott asked me if I would care to contribute with a favourite book of mine to Friday’s Forgotten Books, I did not think twice. I’m also most grateful for this opportunity to re-read a long time favourite, an almost forgotten book on my bookshelves: Trouble is My Business by Raymond Chandler. Penguin 1950. 248 pages. ISBN:,,9780140109801,00.html#reviews

This is a collection of short stories that were first published in various American magazines:

– “Trouble is My Business” (August 1939, Dime Detective Magazine)

– “Red Wind” (January 1938, Dime Detective Magazine)

– A non-detective story “I’ll Be Waiting” (October 14, 1939, Saturday Evening Post)

– “Goldfish” (June 1936, Black Mask),

– And “Guns at Cyrano’s” (January 1936, Black Mask)

My copy is dated in 1982 and I probably read it back in 1986. Each story does not provide only an idea of Chandler’s writing but it also raises our interest on each tale. They are not simple sketches of Chandler’s later masterpieces, but they hold their own rights.

I highly recommend all of them but if I have to highlight just one this will be “Red Wind” which is probably best known for its opening lines: “There was a desert wind blowing that night. It was one of those hot dry Santa Anas that come down through the mountain passes and curl your hair and make your nerves jump and your skin itch. On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks. Anything can happen. You can even get a full glass of beer at a cocktail lounge.”

Red Wind opens with private-eye John Dalmas (in my copy, changed later to Marlowe), sitting in front of a glass of beer at a cocktail bar. There is only one other customer, besides the bartender, a drunkard playing checkers with his empty glasses of straight rye whiskey. The quietness of the place is interrupted when a dark guy rushes in asking for a lady. “Tall, pretty, brown hair, in a print bolero jacket over a blue crepe silk dress.” And not only Dalmas/Marlowe but the reader as well is shaken by this description. At this stage the drunkard swept a gun from somewhere and shot the dark guy. “So long, Waldo,” he said and slid towards the door. Dalmas/Marlowe regrets he did not have a gun. “I hadn’t thought I needed one to buy a glass of beer.”

I don’t want to give away more of the plot. If you have already read it I hope I have encouraged you to read it again. If you have not read it yet just go and get it, you will not be disappointed.

The Raymond Chandler Web Site:

The original post is here.

Penguin (UK) The stories in this collection are Trouble Is My Business (Dime Detective, August 1939), Red Wind (Dime Detective, January 1938), I’ll Be Waiting (Saturday Evening Post, October 14, 1939), Goldfish (Black Mask, June 1936), and Guns at Cyrano’s (Black Mask, January 1936).

Vintage Crime / Black Lizard (US) The stories in this collection are Trouble Is My Business (Dime Detective, August 1939), Finger Man (Black Mask, October 1934), Goldfish (Black Mask, June 1936), and Red Wind (Dime Detective, January 1938).

Raymond Chandler’s short stories 

John Dalmas at The Thrilling Detective Web Site 

Ted Malvern/Ted Carmady 

Los problemas son mi negocio de Raymond Chandler

En julio de 2010, Patty Abbot publicó amablemente la nota que escribí sobre Trouble Is My Business que ofrezco aquí:

Cuando Patty Abbott me preguntó si no me importaría contribuir con uno de mis libros favoritos a Friday’s Forgotten Books, no me lo pensé dos veces. También le quedé muy agradecido por la oportunidad de volver a leer uno de mis libros favoritos de toda la vida, un libro que tenía casi olvidado en mi biblioteca: Trouble Is My Business, Penguin, 1950. 248 páginas. ISBN:,,9780140109801,00.html#reviews

Se trata de una coleccion de relatos que fueron publicadas originalmente en varias revistas norteamericanas:

– “Los problemas son mi negocio” (agosto de 1939, Dime Detective Magazine)

– “Viento rojo” (enero de 1938, Dime Detective Magazine)

– Una historia no policíaca “Te estaré esperando” (14 de octubre de 1939, Saturday Evening Post)

“Peces de colores” (1936 junio Black Mask), y

– “Pistolas en Cyrano’s” (enero de 1936, Black Mask)

Mi ejemplar es de 1982 y probablemente lo leí por pimera vez en 1986. Cada historia no sólo nos proporciona una idea de la obra de Chandler, sino que además aumenta nuestro interés por cada cuento. No son simples bocetos de posteriores obras maestas de Chandler, sino que tienen derecho propio.

Les recomiendo todas, pero si tengo que destacar sólo una ésta sería Viento Rojo, que es probablemente más conocida por sus primeras líneas: “Esa noche soplaba un viento del desierto. Era uno de esos vientos de Santa Ana cálidos y secos que bajan por los puertos de montaña y te rizan el pelo y te hacen saltar los nervios y te causan picor en la piel. En noches como esa cada fiesta alcohólica termina en pelea. Pequeñas y mansas mujeres acarician el filo del cuchillo de trincahr y observan el cuello de sus maridos. Cualquier cosa puede pasar. Incluso puede que consigas una cerveza en un cocktail-bar.” (Mi traducción libre)

Red Wind comienza con el detective privado John Dalmas (en mi ejemplar, cambiado posteriormente a Marlowe), sentado delante de un vaso de cerveza en un bar de copas. Sólo hay otro cliente, además del camarero, un borracho que juega a las damas con los vasos vacíos de puro whiskey de centeno. La tranquilidad del lugar es interrumpida cuando un tipo de piel oscura entra corriendo preguntando por una dama. “Alta, guapa, cabello castaño, con una chaqueta bolero estampada sobre un vestido de seda en crepe azul.” Y no sólo Dalmas/Marlowe, también el lector queda impresionado por esa descripción. En ese momento el borracho sacó una pistola de algún sitio y le disparó al hombre de piel oscura. “Hasta luego, Waldo,” le dijo y se deslizó por la puerta. Dalmas/Marlowe lamenta no llevar un arma. “No había pensado que iba a necesitar una para pedir una jarra de cerveza.”

No quiero revelar más de la trama. Si ya lo han leído espero que les haya animado a leerlo de nuevo. Si no lo han leído todavía sólo tiene que ir a buscarlo, no van a sentirse decepcionados.

Pueden visitar el sitio web de Raymond Chandler en

Aquí pueden ver mi entrada original.

RBA – Todos los cuentos de Raymond Chandler

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