By Raymond Chandler
Dramatised by Stephen Wyatt
Marlowe is hired to tail the mysterious Betty Mayfield all the way to the seaside town of Esmerelda, without knowing why or the identity of his employer.
It's not long before he realises that he's not the only one on the trail, and that he too is being watched.
Toby Stephens plays Philip Marlowe in a landmark series bringing all of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels to Radio 4.
Directed by Sasha Yevtushenko
Produced by Claire Grove
Stephen Wyatt (dramatist) is a Sony Award Winning Playwright.
Recent work for R4 includes dramatising three of the Complete Ripley series including The Talented Mr Ripley for Saturday Afternoon, The Yellow Plush Papers for 11.30am and Tom Jones for Classic Serial.
His original play Memorials for the Missing won a Sony Award in 2008.
Toby Stephens is Philip Marlowe, the fast-talking, trouble-seeking Californian private eye.