Los Angeles was Philip Marlowe's beat. He roamed the streets from the canyons to the flatlands, never surprised to find a con man, a hit man--or a corpse. Even the Southern California sunshine turned sinister under Marlowe's cynical eye.
Almost 50 years after novelist Raymond Chandler created the flinty fictional detective, Molly Maguire and Aaron Silverman decided to investigate his turf. They began by driving around on weekends, looking for sites like the home of the shady nightclub proprietor in "The High Window."
Their hobby soon turned into a commercial venture: The Raymond Chandler Mystery Map of Los Angeles ($4.95), illustrated by Los Angeles artist Alice Klarke in the style of '40s pulp detective magazines and books.
The map makers began with a list of 175 locations and ended up with 96. "For some of the places on our list, the clues in the text were not enough to lead us to them, but others were very clear," said Maguire, whose license plate reads LA MOLL. "We wanted to do more than just scatter events around on a landscape. We wanted to put a time frame around the locations and to lead the reader from place to place."