By Raymond Chandler
Whilst a death millionaire hires Philip Marlowe to deal with the blackmailer of 1 of his frustrating daughters, Marlowe unearths 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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Ring back. ” The phone was trilling as he walked through the door. He hadn’t spoken to Maggie for eighteen months, since they’d bumped into one another in the Playhouse bar during the interval of a Willy Russell play, but it might have been yesterday as she came on to the line. Her voice was as warm as ever, although it faltered a little as she commiserated with him. ” “Yes,” she said. “Yes, of course. ” “I was hoping, right away. ” “You know the Traders’ Club in Old Hall Street? We have a firm’s membership there.
For all he knew, she might be at the Demi-Monde or Huskisson’s with some new bloke she’d just picked up. Of course, he should blame himself for succumbing to the temptation of her note like an addict craving for another fix. “Well, that’s enough from me,” said the compère and a slurred voice from the audience bellowed assent. “Now is the moment you’ve all been waiting for. ” He rolled off the last word with a Gallic flourish before rising to a new crescendo: “Yes, ladies and gentlemen. The enchanting.
A handwritten card on the door said that the Freak Shop would be closed this afternoon. The truanting schoolkids who were pressing their noses to the glass, admiring the naughty nighties, could goggle to their hearts’ content. Further down the road, he paused for a moment outside Mama Reilly’s. But there was no reason to go inside and it was time to return to Fenwick Court. Back at New Commodities House, Suzanne’s sheikh had presumably got his woman and the switchboard girl was now tackling a thousand-pager about sex in Hollywood.