Christopher George Moore is a Canadian novelist who has lived in Bangkok, Thailand since 1988. He formerly taught law at the University of British Columbia. After his first book His Lordship’s Arsenal was published in New York to a critical acclaim in 1985, Moore became a full-time writer and has authored 18 novels and one collection of interlocked short stories. Moore’s novels have been called “complex, moody, rewarding” (Chicago Sun-Times). He is a writer “in the great literary tradition that hasn’t really touched down since Somerset Maugham” (The Globe and Mail). Moore is often praised for his in-depth knowledge and sharp insights about the part of the world he writes about. “One of Moore’s greatest strengths is his knowledge of Southeast Asian history,” said Newsweek. And he is known, in the words of the National Post, for the way he “captures the bewitching spirit and passions of Southeast Asia.” Maclean's magazine has written that “Moore’s noir thrillers and literary fiction—like Graham Greene, he alternates between ‘entertainment’ and serious novels—are subtle and compelling evocations of a part of the world rarely seen through our eyes.” His novels have been translated into German, French, Italian, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Turkish, Norwegian and Thai.
Moore's Chandler Law was formulated by Christopher G. Moore in 2008. It is a variation of Godwin’s law (Mike Godwin). Moore’s Chandler Law states:
" As the number of titles in a P.I. series expands, the probability of a comparison involving Raymond Chandler or Philip Marlowe approaches one.”
It is modeled on Godwin's Law and is a deterrent against the use of by critics and reviewers of novels, films, and short stories starring a private eye as hero to draw a comparison with Raymond Chandler or his private eye hero Philip Marlowe. Like Godwin’s law, it makes no judgment on whether the comparison is appropriate in a given case but asserts that there is a strong mathematical probability that such comparison will be made. Sometimes the comparison may prove to be valid. But in most cases, the overuse of Raymond Chandler and Philip Marlowe tends to lowers the value of the comparison.
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