This guy can write

Establishing setting-
In and around the old house there are flyblown restaurants and Italian fruitstands and cheap apartment houses and little candy stores where you can buy even nastier things than their candy. And there are ratty hotels where nobody except people named Smith and Jones sign the register and where the night clerk is half watchdog and half pander.
-Raymond Chandler, The High Window.

Brief, evocative, and I doubt that anyone has trouble visualizing that neighborhood.
More tomorrow on books -1, 0, and 1 out of fifty.