- Theory of Short Fiction (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
- Raymond Chandler (Critical Survey of Mystery & Detective Fiction, Revised Edition)
- Raymond Chandler (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Raymond Chandler (Critical Survey of Long Fiction, Fourth Edition)
- Raymond Chandler (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Raymond Chandler
- First Published: 1935
- Type of Plot: Mystery and detective
- Time of Work: The 1930’s
- Setting: Los Angeles
- Characters: Johnny DeRuse, Hugo Candless, Naomi Candless, George Dial, Francine Ley, Mops Parisi, Zapparty, Charles “Chuck” Legrand, Nicky, Kuvalick
- Genres: Short fiction, Mystery and detective literature
- Subjects: Murder or homicide, Ethics, Gangsters, Organized crime, Guns
- Locales: United States, North America, Los Angeles, California
Hugo Candless, a wealthy and powerful Los Angeles attorney, is playing squash with an employee, George Dial, at the Delmar Club. He goes outside to board what he thinks is his limousine. As his cigar smoke fills the passenger compartment, he reaches for the window handle and finds that there is none. There are no door handles or communication tube either, and as the limousine follows an unfamiliar course into the hills, the odor of almonds fills the passenger compartment. Candless is being killed with cyanide gas, the kind used to execute criminals in Nevada....
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