Study Guide

The Big Sleep Characters

By Raymond Chandler

Philip Marlowe

On the surface, Philip Marlowe appears to be your quintessential tough-guy private eye. He's...

Eddie Mars

No detective story would be complete without the bad guy, and Eddie Mars comes ready dressed for...

Carmen Sternwood

The modern-day equivalent of Carmen Sternwood would probably be someone like Paris Hilton. A...

Vivian Sternwood

No American detective novel written in the thirties would be complete without the figure of the...

General Sternwood

General Sternwood, the elderly millionaire father of Carmen and Vivian, initially hires Marlowe...

Mona Grant

Mona Grant is a former singer and the wife of Eddie Mars. There are rumors that she ran away with...

Arthur Gwynn Geiger

Arthur Geiger is the man involved in the blackmail scheme to obtain a grand from General...

Minor Characters

Lundgren is Geiger's handsome lover. His favorite three words are,...