For the Guardian, he named a top ten list of writers on the telephone.
One entry on his list:
Raymond Chandler (1888-1959)Read about the other writers on Royle's list.
Perhaps more than any other writer, Chandler established the central importance of the telephone in modern detective stories. It is difficult, indeed, to think of a contemporary crime investigation narrative that doesn't depend on telephones (this is true of TV too, of course: it's the very raison d'être of The Wire). In The Little Sister (1949), Chandler's melancholy loner detective Marlowe expresses a common feeling that has only proliferated in the era of mobile phones: "Let the telephone ring, please. Let there be somebody to call up and plug me into the human race again..."