The novel opens outside a club called The Dancers. It is late October or early November 1949. Philip Marlowe meets a drunk named Terry Lennox, a man with scars on one side of his face. They forge an uneasy friendship over the next few months. In June 1950, Lennox shows up late one night at Marlowe's home in "a great deal of trouble", and needs a ride to Tijuana airport. Marlowe agrees as long as Lennox does not tell him any details of why he is running.
On his return to Los Angeles, it is revealed that Lennox's wife was found dead in her guest house, and that she had died before Lennox fled. Marlowe is arrested on suspicion of murder after refusing to co-operate with investigators, who want him to confess that he helped Lennox flee.
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