|Plot Summary of Farewell, My Lovely|
A big bruiser known as Moose Malloy has gotten out of prison after serving 8 years for a bank robbery. He's looking for his girl, a redheaded singer named Velma. LA private investigator Philip Marlowe is on the premises at a club that caters only to blacks when Moose busts in and shoots the manager. Soon after, Marlowe gets hired as a temporary bodyguard by poofy Lindsay Marriott, who is ransoming a fine jade necklace for a friend after it was stolen during a carjacking. But Marlowe gets knocked out on the job and Marriott ends up beaten to a pulp.
Marlowe follows Velma's trail to the home of Jessie Florian, widow of the singer's old club owner, who has been receiving mysterious monthly checks in the mail and who ends up beaten to a pulp as well. The trail continues to the palatial home of elderly millionaire Lewin Lockridge Grayle and the owner of the jade necklace, his wife, through the offices of the corrupt police of LA suburb Bay City; and to offshore gambling operations. Chandler considered this crackling 1940 sequel to The Big Sleep his best book.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
It has been some time since I have read this particular title of Chandler. I own five. Presently am reading Clive Cussler complete collection. Own and have read entire collection of John D. MacDonald, and Robert B. Parker.
This synopsis report prepared by Roger H Kemp
|Chapter Analysis of Farewell, My Lovely|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 15%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 45%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Tone of story
How difficult to spot villain?
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- squabbling with fellow investigator(s)/police boss
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- private investigator
- Los Angeles
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Unusual forms of death
- blunt clubbing (like seals)
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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