Strand Magazine: Unpublished Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie
(Strand Magazine: Unpublished Raymond Chandler and the first US appearance of Christmas Adventure by Agatha Christie. Fiction by John Floyd, David Marcum, Rob Witherspoon, and an exclusive interview with James Lee Burke.)
We’re proud to present an unpublished Raymond Chandler in the latest issue of the Strand. Professor Sarah Trott provides an introduction and examines the biographical context of this gem. Chandler, a career oil executive before achieving fame as an author, suffered the loss of his job at age forty-four.
“Advice to an Employer” shows a different side to Raymond Chandler. The wry humor is there, but the piece also reveals a silly, fun side to an author long associated with novels about the seamy side of Los Angeles.
We are also pleased to share a story featuring a certain little Belgian detective with a waxed mustache and egg-shaped head. He finds himself far away from the comforts of his usual London life, celebrating an old-fashioned family Christmas in the English countryside. Agatha Christie would expand her “Christmas Adventure” (originally published in the UK in 1923) into a longer story many readers are familiar with. This is the first time Christie’s shorter version has appeared in publication in the US. The original version is just as fun as the expanded one, complete with a sprawling mansion, a house party of young people, and an unlikely trinket in the pudding. HarperCollins will release “Christmas Adventure” in Midwinter Murder this fall, an anthology of Christie’s short stories featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.
John Floyd continues with humor in “The Ironwood File” when a sleazy boss gets the tables turned on him from an unlikely source. Meanwhile, Rob Witherspoon’s “Le Morte d’Author” shows that even the personification of death has a witty side. We round off our fiction this issue with the Great Detective and his loyal sidekick solving a medical mystery involving one of Watson’s patients in David Marcum’s “The Triangle of Death.”
An interview with the incomparable James Lee Burke, creator of the equally incomparable Dave Robicheaux, proves Burke to be every bit as interesting as his creation. He spoke on his favorite Western films, the creative process behind his works, and the current state of the world.
Also in this issue, we have the scoop on the nominees for The Strand Critics Awards. The nominees for Best Debut and Best Novel are a varied bunch, chosen by critics from CNN, NPR, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, LA Times, and USA Today. This year’s Strand Magazine Lifetime Achievement Awards go to the trailblazing Tess Gerritsen and the always innovative Walter Mosley. And as usual, our skilled staff of book reviewers spotlights the latest mystery and thriller novels and DVDs.
Strand Magazine: Unpublished Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie issue is the 61st issue of the Strand and the second time we’ve released works by Raymond Chandler and Agatha Christie.
The Strand Magazine continues to bring our readers the best in fiction, interviews with authors, and book and audiobook reviews. In the past nine years, we’ve featured unpublished works by writers ranging from Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Raymond Chandler, H.G. Wells, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Tennessee Williams, and Joseph Heller .
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