A couple of missing wives—one a rich man's and one a poor man's—become the objects of Marlowe's investigation. One of them may have gotten a Mexican divorce and married a gigolo and the other may be dead. Marlowe's not sure he cares about either one, but he's not paid to care.
Hard-Boiled Classic, June 23, 2003 Reviewer: Bill Naile from Atlanta, GA I really enjoyed this book because of its fast pace and very involved plot. Philip Marlowe is really at his best here. By the end he has been beaten, manipulated, and framed for murder but manages to solve the mystery and come out as clean as a fat man's plate. One major element of the plot was a bit obvious however, namley the identity of the lady in the lake. There was still much to be revealed and discovered. This may be my favorite of the Marlowe series thus far. They are all great, so that is saying something.