Raymond Chandler's convoluted story of murder, mystery and mayhem begins when private eye Philip Marlowe is hired by General Sternwood, an old man plagued by a blackmailer. The General tells Marlowe that a rare book dealer named Arthur Gwynn Geiger is peddling nude photos of Sternwood's younger daughter Carmen; Marlowe agrees to look into the case.

On his way out of the residence, Marlowe is summoned by the General's other daughter, Vivian Rutledge. Under her cool and patronizing facade she is desperate to know what her father has asked Marlowe to find out. Marlowe sees through her and his flippant attitude ruffles her feathers. They part on less than friendly terms.

"I don't mind if you don't like my manners, I don't like them myself, I grieve over them long winter evenings...."


To Have and Have Not ~ Dark Passage ~ Key Largo

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