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Wow, using two dollars worth of dimes to buy "too much" booze? How times have changed. And yet, despite all the differences (like all 50 states not even being around yet), Warner Brothers gets referenced. That just seems... wrong! Although it's obviously not.

At least I can give Marlowe a pass on letting someone get the drop on him this first time, since he's just getting a damn drink. Really, trouble isn't just his business, it's apparently a hobby as well. Anyhow, that's one way to get involved in a case, I guess...

Stupid Marlowe. Why oh why oh why don't you just let the girl get picked up by the cops? WHY? I mean, we've already seen he's not all that antagonistic with them all the time. Grrr.

And two more times he gets a gun pulled on him - by the woman (who doesn't know what she's doing), and by the killer. *sighs and shakes head*

Speaking of the woman, she blabs an awful lot about her husband, and who he is etc., for someone who's pretty much admitting to having an affair behind his back and stuff.

And geez, why don't you declare your undying devotion to her while you're at it, Marlowe?

Hrm, I guess this is the closest we've had yet to your good ol' corrupt cops that you kinda expect in a story like this. And even that's not as bad as it could be - it's not like he's taking bribes and stealing evidence and suchlike. Although it's not exactly great stuff, either.

This almost seems like a decent ending point, except that Marlowe doesn't know just what exactly is going on, completely. I guess we'll find that out and have more Complications in the second half!


Next time, we close out the book!