RARA-AVIS: LA Confidential

Thomas A. Jones (jonesta@wheat.mnsfld.edu)
Tue, 08 Sep 1998 00:45:09 -0400 I remember that "The Big Sleep" also dealt with the pronography rackett and I think it
provided a similar message about the tenuous links between pornography and other vices.
None of the characters that Chandler had involved with the pornography were seen as regular
people with a simple vice, they all had other problems. Joe Brody was a blackmailer who
carried a gun, Carmen was a gambler and a killer. They were all shown as being immersed in
this sort of underworld. This underworld wouldn't let them just dabble a little bit, they
were consumed by it.

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