The Simple Art of Murder Setting & Symbolism

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Guns

Guns are a part of every story in the book, with most characters being threatened with guns near the end of each story.

Hotels

In the 1950s, it was far more common for people to live in hotels on a long-term basis. Many are featured throughout the stories in the books.

Clubs

Clubs are a common feature in the book. Much like they are today, the clubs of Chandler's time were places where people went to drink. These clubs are commonly owned by organized crime.

Cigars/Cigarettes

Many more people smoked in the early twentieth century than do now, which made smoking in Chandler's stories almost always present.

Ransom Notes

These and other threatening letters are featured in most of the stories.

Pearls

Recovering stolen pearls is the story behind Pearls Are a Nuisance.

Hard Liquor

In addition to smoking more commonly, drinking was also far more...

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