The Long Goodbye Book Summary and Study Guide

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A private eye searches through various strata of LA culture for his friend, Terry Lennox, who seems to have disappeared. A major subplot involves an alcoholic novelist with writer's block.
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You can read this book for the language and the social observation; one of Chandler's recurring themes is the corruption just below the surface of nearly everything.
The review of this Book prepared by Riley Wallihan

Detective Philip Marlowe, after helping his friend Terry Lennox escape across the border into Mexico, discovers that Terry may be guilty of murdering his wife. As Marlowe tries to find the truth behind Sylvia Lennox's death, he becomes drawn into the high society/high corruption world of an eccentric author and his beautiful, cruel wife.
The review of this Book prepared by Ryan Harvey

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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