What happen in the end of 'Farewell, My Lovely' ?

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The resolution of Farewell, My Lovely is that Marlowe realizes that Mrs. Grayle is actually Malloy's missing girlfriend Velma, and she is desperate to keep her disguise. She is so desperate, in fact, that she directly or indirectly killed Marriott whom she had sent to kill Marlowe. Then, Malloy, the Moose, comes out of hiding and is face to face with Velma. In her state of desperation and being, as she is, less than wise or scrupulous, she kills Malloy on the spot then flees. Marlowe learns that Mrs. Grayle, or Velma, has committed suicide in Boston rather than live to have her true identity revealed.