The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Under the thinning fog the surf curled and creamed, almost without sound, like a thought trying to form inself on the edge of consciousness.
— Raymond Chandler
This took me ages to read, but I have no idea why. I was just in a reading slump I suppose. The character of Philip Marlowe was intriguing, like a hard-boiled Don Draper mixed with Harvey Bullock from Batman, a smooth talking private eye who is always a step ahead of the bad guys. Chandler’s writing was really engaging and I loved the style, and I could see how it influenced other media, The Big Lebowski for one.