The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
Read in June 2009
My first foray into the crime fiction genre. I liked private investigator Philip Marlowe. An intelligent, patient, witty guy treading water in the morass of 1930s Los Angeles society, both high and low. Amazing how closely connected the upper and lower strata actually are.
Marlowe accepted a job from a very wealthy elderly General, to investigate and thwart a blackmail attempt concerning his daughter. But blackmail wasn’t what was on everyone’s mind.
It’s hard to review mysteries, or crime, fiction without spoilers. So I won’t despoil your enjoyment of this classic. I do highly recommend it though.