THE SIMPLE ART OF MURDER contained four Chandler short stories: Spanish Blood; I’ll Be Waiting, The King in Yellow; and Pearls Are a Nuisance.
But this collection of shorts is probably best known for Chandler’s essay in which he discusses all he knows about detective fiction. It’s the essay in which Chandler wrote those famous words:
“But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid.”
The last three grafs of the essay are required reading for anyone who loves hard-boiled mysteries.
Ballantine edition, 1972.