What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that.The Big Sleep
is a 1939 novel by Raymond Chandler
that was made into a film by Howard Hawks
in 1946. Both the original novel and the movie are considered classics.
The convoluted plot follows the investigation by Hardboiled Detective Philip Marlowe
into the gambling debts of young dilettante Carmen Sternwood at the behest of her father, an old, wheelchair-bound millionnaire. However, Carmen's older sister, Vivian Regan, claims that the investigation is really about finding what happened to her husband Terrence 'Rusty' Regan, who has mysteriously disappeared.
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