The Long Goodbye: A Novel
In noir master Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye, Philip Marlowe befriends a down on his luck war veteran with the scars to prove it. Then he finds out that Terry Lennox has a very wealthy nymphomaniac wife, whom he divorced and remarried and who ends up dead. And now Lennox is on the lam and the cops and a crazy gangster are after Marlowe.
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An excellent example of private detective novel from this era, but I personally find this particular category a bit dull and, if not for the excellent sense the book gives you of this part of American history, not worth reading.