By Raymond Chandler
While a demise millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to deal with the blackmailer of 1 of his complicated 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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