No, that has slipped off my radar. I have read several books that I did enjoy, but not more by Chandler. I need to explore that direction again.
These days I tend to think in terms of authors, instead of just "books" as I frequently find that an author with one really good book often has many others.
Liike Tony Horwitz, mostly known for his book about Civil War Re-Enactors "Confederates in the Attic".
But he has written many others that I enjoy - I am currently rereading "Spying on the South: An Odyssey Across the American Divide" written as the author, Horwitz, follows the route taken by Frederick Law Olmsted in the 1850's as he wandered through the southern states trying to understand how the citizens of the South lived with slavery. Horwitz is an bright observer with a wicked wit. Olmsted was a more serious observor who travelled in conditions folks would not endure today - He wrote several books in the 1850s about his southern travels, afraid that war was coming. He was right, of course.
Another one of Horwitz's I enjoyed was "One for the Road: Hitchhiking through the Australian Outback" written back in 1988 - which I found falling on the ground laughing funny. It MIGHT have insulted some Australian citizens a modest bit.... His wife is an Ozzie, a newspaper editor
"Blue Latitudes" Following in the steps of Captain Cook as he wanders across the Pacific publihed in 2002.
Mr Horwitz has a biting humor at times, so beware if one is easliy offended, but I find his writing fluid, informative, and at times, ROFLMAO funny. Not a bad combinations in these hard times we presently live in.
Another author I came across is David Roberts, that I discovered fifteen years ago when I was wandering in the American southwest chasing petroglyphs, pictographs, and prehistoric Native American ruins - once called Anaszi. David Roberts' book that grabbed me was "Sandstone Spine: Seeking the Anasazi on the First Traverse of the Comb Ridge". Comb Ridge is a spine of rocks about 500-1200 feet high that is about 120 miles long.
I began to explore other books of his, and found a literal bounty - he had been writing about travelleing and climbing mountains for many years. He has almost a dozen first ascents in Alaska. He has stared deeply into the the risks of dying while climbing, and openly writes about two of his climbing partners who did not return from their expeditions with him - the first episode when he was only 16 years of age. Mr Roberts is now dealing with facing his own imminent demise due to squamous cancer of the head and neck. An amazing writer - I have read over a dozen of his books and I can only hope to face death as calmly and serenely as he seems to be doing.
David Roberts' "Four Against the Artic; Shipwrecked at the Top of the World" describes the plight of several Russian hunters abandoned in the ice near Svalbard ( Spitzbergen )_ who survived the arctic climate of Svalbard for six years and three months before being rescued - a story so amazing to the Russian press and people, that the survivors were presented at court to the Czar in 1749.
This story was completely unknown to the western press. Mr Roberts found historical verification in 250 year old French and German books in the Harvard libraries. Mr Roberts' long experience in climbing mountains gave him an ability to truly appreciate the incredible story he was finding, that most academicians had not really appreciated. Much of his book then becomes a story of Mr Roberts travelling to Russia to find the original source material, and then deciding to spend a month on Svalbard, living among the polar bears, to better appreciate what the Russian hunters experienced back in 1743. A truly fantastic story - I need to read it again.
Polar bears are so common on Svalbard, they warn you upon leaving the airport at Longyearbyen
One is told that to leave town one MUST be armed, because of the risk of polar bears. This is in a Norwegian Protectorate
Roberts' book was what ultimately made me decide to travel with Muench Workshops to Svalbard in the summer of 2016. I did not truly realize how popular Svalbard was to European tourists - it is the largest wilderness relatively near Europe. Only 4-5 hours by passenger jet north of Oslo, Norway - a mere 1271 mles.
I have a few images in my gallery here -
I will put Chandler's "Farewell My Lovely" on my reading list, after I finish "Spying on the South"
Edit. I am enjoying the first chapters in "Farewell My Lovely"