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Raymond Chandlers book The Big Sleep takes place in 1930s Los Angeles Chandler introduces us to his main character Private Investigator Phillip Marlowe Although Phillip Marlowe is the hero in the story every character plays a very important role in the plot The story first gets going when he gets a phone call saying that Phillip needs to meet with General Sternwood General Sternwood asks him to help one of his daughters Carmen pay off their gambling debts with Arthur Geiger Throughout the book he goes all through Los Angeles looking for clues to the mystery of this story Almost everyone we meet in Chandlers Los Angeles is rich powerful corrupt or all three Raymond Chandler does a great job providing interesting vivid characters throughout this entire bookThe first big complication in the story is when the first murder occurs Phillip went into Arthur Geigers bookstore and determined that the store was a pornography lending library After he was done in the store he followed Geiger all the way back to his house As he was outside the house he heard gunshots He went inside to find Geiger dead on the floor and Carmen Sternwood drugged and naked Phillip then takes Carmen back to her house Geigers death changes the story from a simple gambling debt into a murder mystery The main conflict that Marlowe faces in the story is that everyone is lying to him when he is investigating them Whenever he goes to investigate a clue or a suspect people always lie to him This proves to make the investigation more difficult for him because he has to verify the story he gets from each person Since no one tells the truth everyone is a suspect to him There are also physical conflicts that Marlowe encounters as he is tied up has guns drawn
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