I couldn't give it more than 3 stars because of the overwhelming amount of sexism, racism and homophobia. I know this book was written in the 40's, and it was a different kind of society then (I actually have the impression that, for the time, this was a surprisingly forward book on those counts), but it still bothered me a lot.
However, if you manage to overlook all that, this is a really nice, fast read, very colorful and full of flavor. I liked it better than [b:The Big Sleep|2052|The Big Sleep|Raymond Chandler|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1371584712s/2052.jpg|1222673]; the plot was clearer and more compelling, the character's motivations were better defined, which made the characters more likable and relatable. The first person narrative voice was still over-dramatic and arrogant, but in this book that is tempered with a healthy dose of self-deprecating humor that prevented my eyes from rolling towards the back of my head every five sentences.
A solid noir, heavily tilted towards mystery but still with a bit of action.