Golly these folks are boozers!!! I wonder if they don't trust the water. If I drank as much as they did, I wouldn't be able to think straight. Is it an attempt to portray an idealized life of the leisure class or something else?
While it's a hall-mark of classic noir, I'm also not particularly enjoying the obsessively male gaze.
I do want to fill the Classic Noir square, and it's a short book, so I think I'll keep going a bit longer. But I've just requested The Best American Noir of the Century - James Ellroy,Otto Penzler from the library as a backup.