The Big Sleep
New York: Knopf, 1939
Raymond Chandler's first novel introduces private detective Philip Marlowe, who's hired by a wealthy oilman to quash a blackmail attempt against the oilman's wild daughter. The case quickly takes Marlowe into the seamy world of bootleggers, pornographers, illegal gamblers, and murderers in pre-World War II Los Angeles.
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