Author: Raymond Thornton Chandler
Dates: 23 July 1888 – 26 March 1959
Nationality: British -American
Title of Book: The Little Sister
I had been stalking the bluebottle fly for five minutes, waiting for him to sit down. He didn’t want to sit down. He just wanted to do wing-overs and sing the prologue to Pagliacci. I had the fly swatter poised in mid-air and I was all set. There was a patch of bright sunlight on the corner of the desk and I knew sooner or later that was where he was going to light. But when he did I didn’t even see him at first. The bussing stopped and there he was. And then the phone rang.
I reached for it inch by inch with a slow and patient left hand. I lifted the phone slowly and spoke into it softly: “Hold the line a moment, please.”
I laid the phone down gently on the brown blotter. He was still there, shining and blue-green and full of sin. I took a deep breath and swung. What was left of him sailed halfway across the room and dropped on the carpet. I went over and picked him up by his good wing and dropped him into the waste-basket.
Brief Biography: Chandler was a novelist and screenwriter. He became a dectective-fiction writer after losing his job as an oil executive in the Depression. Chandler is said to have had an immense influence on American popular literature.