By Raymond Chandler
While a demise millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to address the blackmailer of 1 of his complex daughters, Marlowe reveals himself concerned with greater than extortion. Kidnapping, pornography, seduction, and homicide are only the various problems he will get stuck up in.
"Chandler [writes] like a slumming angel and invest[s] the sun-blinded streets of Los Angelos with a romantic presence."
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That is loads of jack yet this Regan can be the boy to have it round so he may well take it out and consider it while a person was once him. nonetheless perhaps he would not supply a rattling. His spouse says he by no means made a nickel off of previous guy Sternwood other than room and board and a Packard one hundred twenty his spouse gave him. Tie that for an ex-legger within the wealthy gravy. " "It beats me," I stated. "Well, the following we're with a man who geese out and has fifteen grand in his pants and people understand it. good, that is cash. i'd duck out myself, if I had fifteen grand, and me with teenagers in highschool. So the 1st suggestion is a person rolls him for it and rolls him too tough, so that they need to take him out within the wasteland and plant him one of the cactuses. yet i do not like that too good. Regan carried a gat and had lots of event utilizing it, and never simply in a greasy-faced liquor mob. I comprehend he commanded an entire brigade within the Irish issues again in 1922 or every time it used to be. a man like that would not be chicken to a heister. Then, his automobile being in that storage makes whoever rolled him understand he used to be candy on Eddie Mars' spouse, which he used to be, i suppose, however it ain't anything each poolroom bum could recognize. " "Got a photograph? " I requested. "Him, no longer her. that is humorous too. there is a lot of humorous angles to this example. right here. " He driven a sparkly print around the table and that i checked out an Irish face that was once extra unhappy than merry and extra reserved than brash. now not the face of a difficult man and never the face of a guy who may be driven round a lot through anyone. instantly darkish brows with powerful bone less than them. A brow huge instead of excessive, a mat of darkish clustering hair, a skinny brief nostril, a large mouth. A chin that had robust traces yet used to be small for the mouth. A face that seemed a bit taut, the face of a guy who could circulation quick and play for retains. I handed the print again. i might comprehend that face, if I observed it. Captain Gregory knocked his pipe out and refilled it and tamped the tobacco down together with his thumb. He lit it, blew smoke and started to speak back. "Well, there will be those that may recognize he used to be candy on Eddie Mars' frau. along with Eddie himself. For a ask yourself he knew it. yet he do not appear to supply a rattling. We checked him lovely completely round that point. in fact Eddie shouldn't have knocked him off out of jealousy. The set-up could element to him too visible. " "It relies how clever he is," I acknowledged. "He could attempt the double bluff. " Captain Gregory shook his head. "If he is clever adequate to get by means of in his racket, he is too clever for that. i am getting your inspiration. He pulls the dumb play simply because he thinks we would not count on him to tug the dumb play. From a police attitude that is incorrect. simply because he'd have us in his hair lots it is going to intervene along with his company. you may imagine a dumb play will be shrewdpermanent. i would imagine so. The rank and dossier would not. they might make his lifestyles depressing. i have governed it out. If i am incorrect, you could turn out it on me and i'm going to consume my chair cushion. until eventually then i am leaving Eddie within the transparent. Jealousy is a foul cause for his sort. Top-flight racketeers have enterprise brains.