I have just begun re-reading Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep" in "The Annotated Big Sleep" edited by Owen Hill, Pamela Jackson, and Anthony Dean Rizzuto. It is quite delightful, especially for someone who didn't grow up on the West Coast and know all the history of LA in the early 20th century.
The annotation slows the reader down, but Chandler's book always deserved to be read and savored slowly.
I loved some of the tidbits, like the traffic "gong" sound between the red traffic light and the green traffic light before the yellow light was introduced. The discussion of bookstore owners being prosecuted for renting or selling D. H. Lawrence's "Lady Chattersley's Lover" definitley place the novel in a very different time period in America.
And I didnt realize it rains every day in Los Angelis either - in the book anyway.
I always love it when I find a new author that I can explore. I will have to persue some more of Chandler's work -