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The Big Sleep

Raymond Chandler

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Where do General Sternwood and Marlowe conduct their first meeting?

In what kind of business was General Sternwood formerly involved?

Who kills Owen Taylor?

What kind of business does Geiger run?

What seemingly unrelated piece of information does General Sternwood ring up that arouses Marlowe's curiosity?

Why does Carmen Sternwood initially have so little to say about Geiger's murder?

Why does Owen Taylor murder Geiger?

Who does Marlowe tell he is being followed by a gray Plymouth?

What does Marlowe call Mona?

With what does Marlowe load Carmen's gun?

Why does Eddie Mars claim he has the keys to Geiger's house when he discovers Carmen and Marlowe inside?

Why does the name Joe Brody ring a bell to Marlowe when it comes up in his investigation?

Who is Agnes Lozelle?

What is wrong with Carmen Sternwood?

Where is Rusty Regan?

What is Vivian doing at Eddie Mars's Cypress Club on the day Marlowe pays Mars a visit?

Who is in the gray Plymouth Sedan that is following Marlowe?

How does Harry Jones die?

How much does Norris know of what goes on in the Sternwood mansion?

Whom does Marlowe find in his bed one evening?

What is Carmen Sternwood's most visible bad habit?

What is the name of Eddie Mars's gunman?

Why does Carmen scream in Geiger's house?

What piece of art does Marlowe notice in the Sternwood's mansion?

Who is the last person Marlowe thinks of before the book ends?

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