Skip to Main Content (Press Enter)

Only to Sleep

Best Seller
Only to Sleep by Lawrence Osborne
Paperback $16.00
Apr 02, 2019 | ISBN 9781524759629

Buy from Other Retailers:

See All Formats (2) +
  • Apr 02, 2019 | ISBN 9781524759629

    Buy from Other Retailers:

  • Jul 24, 2018 | ISBN 9781524759636

    Buy from Other Retailers:

Buy the Audiobook Download:

Listen to a sample from Only to Sleep

Product Details


*New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice*
*New York Post‘s Must-Read Books of the Week*

‘Osborne, an accomplished writer of fiction and nonfiction, has been asked to imagine a new case for Philip Marlowe and—have a smell from the barrel, all you gunsels and able grables—it crackles.’ — New York Times Book Review

Only to Sleep admirably sidesteps the pitfalls of Chandler-esque pastiche… in its place, a Marlowe we at once know, but have never met before. As much a meditation on aging and memory as it is a crime thriller.’ — LA Times

‘Brilliant… Osborne and Chandler are a perfect match.’ — William Boyd, author of Any Human Heart and Solo: A James Bond Novel

Only to Sleep is a story about age and regret and murder. About the American Dream. About The Mexican Dream. It’s the kind of book where, when you read it, it turns the world to black and white for a half-hour afterward. It leaves you with the taste of rum and blood in your mouth. It hangs with you like a scar.’ NPR

‘Whether you want a believably resurrected Chandler book or simply a good novel, this is for you.’  — Washington Times

‘Osborne succeeds brilliantly… [he] captures the dreamlike quality of the original Marlowe novels.’  Washington Post

‘Absorbing…semi-exotic, lushly described… a fine way to leave an old fictional friend, taking at last a well-earned rest in the sun after having given readers decades of pleasure.’  Wall Street Journal

‘Osborne is the third writer to have resurrected Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe, and his effort may be the best of the lot.’  — Booklist

‘A fresh perspective on one of the classic hard-boiled detective.’ Library Journal

‘A joy… If you like noir, pour yourself something cool and enjoy one final dark night of the soul.’ — Joseph Knox, author of Sirens 

Lawrence Osborne is one of the most interesting authors at writing today. He has taken a Chandlerian plot, filtered it through the mind of an autumnal Philip Marlowe, and given us a story that haunts in its details, its corners, its shadows and in its ghosts. — The Nervous Breakdown


Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel NOMINEE 2019

Shamus Award FINALIST 2019

Looking for More Great Reads?
21 Books You’ve Been Meaning to Read
Get the latest updates about Lawrence Osborne
And go from well-read to best read with book recs, deals and more in your inbox every week.
And go from well-read to best read with book recs, deals and more in your inbox every week.
By clicking SIGN UP, I acknowledge that I have read and agree to Penguin Random House’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and understand that Penguin Random House collects certain categories of personal information for the purposes listed in that policy, discloses, sells, or shares certain personal information and retains personal information in accordance with the policy. You can opt-out of the sale or sharing of personal information anytime.
Something awesome is on its way.
Back to Top