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The early stories have several Marlowe prototypes, LA settings, good and bad cops mixed into the regular crime cocktail of violence, drugs, sex and booze.

So we took the liberty of making a handy list of "Marlowe's Rules to Live By": Be loyal to your client, even at the cost of your own personal gain or safety.

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This was in the great days of the Black Maskā€¦ and it struck me that some of the writing was pretty forceful and honest. I looked at my scraped knuckles and licked the cut in my gums.

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She says she has not seen Rusty in months; she only hid out to help Eddie and insists he did not kill Rusty. Marlowe's also surprisingly sensitive, even sentimental, when we least expect him to be.

It takes a lot of plot to get through Tennessee. Chandler, writing to Alfred A. First, they foreshadow the scenes in which Marlowe "rescues" the naked Carmen; second, they make us realize that Marlowe will commit himself completely to the tasks placed before him.

And he never strays from his personal code.

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Both stories were standalone tales, sharing no common characters, but they had similarities. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. He is a 20th-century knight who treads the mean streets of Hollywood and Santa Monica, and who also visits the houses of the stinking rich, with their English butlers, corrosive secrets and sinister vices. All clues must be plainly stated and described. Let's take his name, for example. He determines that the store is a pornography lending library. When Howard Hawks filmed the novel , his writing team was perplexed by that question, in response to which Chandler replied that he had no idea. It was going to rain soon. Like Carmen Sternwood, his own much-loved wife Cissy had posed nude as a young woman and, like Carmen, taken opium. The style was less a continuation of the existing tradition of detective fiction than a critical reaction to the corruption and excesses of the s and a stylized representation of the organized crime networks spawned by Prohibition. Los Angeles was also a city of sin, a proto-Las Vegas surfeited with prostitution and gambling. I looked at my scraped knuckles and licked the cut in my gums.

They were a cheap, gaudy source of popular entertainment that sometimes mixed in subversive social commentary with tales of adventure and derring-do. Marlowe investigates Geiger's bookstore and meets Agnes, the clerk. There were full-length mirrors and crystal doodads all over the place.

The city served not only as setting but in some ways as the other major character in the Philip Marlowe novels.

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He gets himself involved in some shady transactions during his search for truth, and we can't help but wonder whether chivalry is even possible in modern times. The early stories have several Marlowe prototypes, LA settings, good and bad cops mixed into the regular crime cocktail of violence, drugs, sex and booze. Vivian says she did it to keep it all from her father, so he would not despise his own daughters, and promises to have Carmen institutionalised. The Modern-Day Knight So does his noble quest for truthiness mean Marlowe's tough guy attitude is all an act? The police are as corrupt as criminals, anyway. The police accept that he simply ran off with Mona, since she is also missing, and since Eddie would not risk committing a murder in which he would be the obvious suspect. Let's take his name, for example. Marlowe interrogates Brody further and pieces together the story: Geiger was blackmailing Carmen; the family driver, Owen Taylor, did not like it and so he snuck in and killed Geiger, then took the film of Carmen. I was looking at her looking at the books. It appears that he was hit on the head before the car entered the water.

While drinking, he begins to think about Mona "Silver-Wig" Mars, but never sees her again.

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