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Raymond Chandler at 125: Remembering a crime novel icon




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It's been 54 years since the iconic hardboiled crime writer Raymond Chandler said the "Long Goodbye." But the author of that book and other noir classics, like "Farewell My Lovely" and "The Big Sleep," is still being celebrated.

Earlier this week,  devotees of his wisecracking detective stories gathered to celebrate the 125th anniversary of his birth. Our literary contributor David Kipen couldn't resist joining in. He's the founder of the lending library Libros Schmibros in Boyle Heights and a verified Chandler geek.

He headed downtown to an event hosted by the literary salon known as the Los Angeles Visionaries Association to check out some of Chandler's favorite haunts.

If you'd like to take your own tour of Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles, there is another Esotouric tour coming up on August 10.