1953 First Vintage Crime
Finished on May 8, 2001
Rating: 3/5 (Good)
Down-and-out drunk Terry Lennox has a problem: his millionaire wife is dead and he needs to get out of LA fast. So he turns to the only friend he can trust: private investigator Philip Marlowe. Marlowe is willing to help a man down on his luck, but later Lennox commits suicide in Mexico and things start to turn nasty. Marlowe is drawn into a sordid crowd of adulterers and alcoholics in LA's Idle Valley, where the rich are suffering one big suntanned hangover. Marlowe is sure Lennox didn't kill his wife, but how many stiffs will turn up before he gets to the truth?
My Original Thoughts (2001):
Easy to get into. Can picture it as an old black & white movie with Bogart. Classic murder mystery. Complicated story. Lots of cops & bad guys. Hard to tell who's honest. Got boring after a while. Wouldn't have finished if it weren't a book group choice (or a classic).
My Current Thoughts:
I don't remember anything about this book and never went on to try any others by Chandler.