Killer in the Rain

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Killer in the Rain
First edition cover
Author Raymond Chandler
Country United States
Language English
Genre Crime short stories
Publisher Hamish Hamilton (UK)
Publication date
1964
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 332 pp
ISBN NA

"Killer in the Rain" refers to a collection of short stories, including the eponymous title story, written by hard-boiled detective fiction author Raymond Chandler.

The collection features eight short stories originally published in pulp magazines between 1935 and 1941. At Chandler's request, the stories remained uncollected during his lifetime and, save for three which were reprinted without his express permission, were not republished until 1964.

Contents[edit]

The collection features eight stories, all pre-dating Chandler's first novel, The Big Sleep. They are, with place of original publication:

Cannibalization[edit]

During his lifetime, it was Chandler's personal desire that the stories not be reprinted. This was because he felt that the plots had become cannibalized — in the process of writing three of his novels, Chandler had borrowed, expanded, and extensively reworked plots, passages, and characters from these eight stories. The Big Sleep made use of "The Curtain", "Killer in the Rain", as well as small passages from "Finger Man". Farewell, My Lovely made use of "The Man Who Loved Dogs", "Try the Girl" and "Mandarin's Jade". The Lady in the Lake made use of the short story of the same name, "Bay City Blues" and "No Crime in the Mountains". The opening passage of "The Curtain" would also be revised and reused for the same function in his sixth novel, The Long Goodbye.