The Big Sleep Summary:The Big Sleepis a classic crime novel by Raymond Chandler, published in 1939. The Big Sleepsymbolizes some significant differences in the detective crime genre, changes that exhibit the world in which it was written. Corruptness outlines Chandler's Great Depression-era; it is the grey areas that allow the detective Philip Marlowe to exist. The grey, claustrophobic metropolitan space is a significant element of the novel; set in Southern California, the location could be any large city given that exteriors are almost absent. Rooms, cars, and even phone booths serve as a series of divided parts in which the story develops, a set of points with no connections.This is Chandler's first Marlowe story, although there is no introduction to the character; instead, we fall straight into the investigation as it gets rolling throughout five days. Philip Marlowe goes to the affluent General Sternwood's mansion on a job as it is here were the existing force is implemented. We find out that the local bookseller, Arthur Geiger, is blackmailing Sternwoods, Mr. Sternwood pays Marlowe to make the dilemma go away. Sternwood also states that his more beloved daughter, Vivian, has a husband referred to as Rusty Regan, who has vanished. Following this, Chandler builds up the rising action as Marlowe goes into his detective mode and finds our that Geiger's bookstore, is a disguise for a pornography racket. Marlowe continues to his investigation to Geiger's house, only to find Geiger shot dead and a half-naked Carmen Sternwood high as a kite not being able to distinguish up from down. The following day, Sternwood's chauffeur, Owen Taylor, also is found dead.These deaths prompt Vivian Sternwood to give Marlowe a colossal clue and inform him that her family is presently being blackmailed over pornographic photos of Carmen.