Books: Mysteries in November

THE LADY IN THE LAKE—Raymond Chandler—Knopf ($2). Mr. Marlowe, forthright and uninhibited California shamus (private detective), is hired to trace the missing wife of a perfume manufacturer, encounters three murders, trades punches with the police, and finally drives a tragic and cunningly concealed killer to his death. An astringent, hardbitten, expertly constructed and convincingly characterized story of the just-tough-enough school.

LOOK YOUR LAST — John Stephen Strange—Crime Club ($2). The murder of an obscure little man in a Manhattan lodging house develops into an affair with international ramifications, all followed to their...

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