The Big Sleep
by Raymond Chandler
The Big Sleep Chapter 5 Summary
- Marlowe goes to a phone booth to call Geiger but there's no answer. Big surprise.
- So he decides to check out other bookstores near Geiger's store and finds one run by a dark-haired woman wearing glasses.
- Marlowe asks her the same questions he asked the girl at Geiger's shop, but this time, the woman knows the answers. She catches on that Marlowe is asking a trick question because the book he wants doesn't exist.
- She gives up the goods, and Marlowe gets a physical description of Geiger from the woman.
- As Marlowe leaves the bookstore, it starts to rain. He opens the package he'd been holding. It's exactly what he thought it would be: pornography.
- Geiger's racket is obvious by now. The guy loans out pornographic books from the back room of his store, fronting the whole operation as a rare bookstore.
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