I can wholeheartedly concur with your last comment. The writing can sometimes seem to have a whiff of lavender. Beyond that - all his basically speculation and in the eye of the beholder. Certainly alcohol played a part as you point out.
To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
You are impelling me to dig out and reread Chandler. Although many of his literary contemporaries shine brighter, Chandler's creation of the hard-boiled detective had a more enduring impact on American popular culture, traceable in everything from The Rockford Files to Blade Runner to Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Brick.
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