Have you ever read a Raymond Chandler book? Well, if you have not I recommend you spend the time to meet the fictional private investigator Phillip Marlowe in The Long Goodbye. You can read the 1953 classic through Libby/Overdrive and follow up with 1973 Robert Altman feature film starring Elliott Gould.
Although this title may be the 7th book in the Phillip Marlowe world you can jump right in without reading the prior novels. That is what I did a few years back and it was well worth the time.
I do not want to give too much away but I feel that both the book from the ’50’s and the film from the ’70’s do a bang up job encapsulating the time periods they represent. These two interpretations may differ in many ways but the worlds that they show us should leave you quite engaged.
Please note, this recommendation is not ideal for sensitive viewers.