Raymond Chandler’s The Lady in the Lake. Published 1944. This time Philip Marlowe is looking for a rich businessman’s wife, who is missing, although her husband doesn’t seem to want her back. As usual with Chandler, from this point on the plot starts getting convoluted and keeps on getting convoluted. But the plot is never the point with Chandler, a writer who was more interested in characterisation, and in style, than plot. And The Lady in the Lake has style. Lots of it. No-one could match Chandler for amusingly cynical hard-bitten dialogue. An immensely enjoyable read.