Chief investigator at the L.A. police department, Bernie Ohls is a long-time contact of private detective Philip Marlowe. Ohls puts Marlowe him in touch with General Sternwood. He also offers Marlowe information about and receives his assistance in investigating the deaths of Sternwood’s blackmailer Arthur Gwynn Geiger, Sternwood’s driver Owen Taylor, and the grifter Joe Brody. Chandler portrays Ohls as a competent and straight cop, focused on his cases.
Bernie Ohls Quotes in The Big Sleep
The The Big Sleep quotes below are all either spoken by Bernie Ohls or refer to Bernie Ohls. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of The Big Sleep published in 1939.).
Chapter 11 Quotes
“You ought to stop some of that flash gambling,” I said.
“With the syndicate we got in this county? Be your age, Marlowe.”
Chapter 18 Quotes
Bernie Ohls Character Timeline in The Big Sleep
The timeline below shows where the character Bernie Ohls appears in The Big Sleep. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...it to the papers, suggesting the police don’t know about it yet. Chief Investigator Bernie Ohls—the man who had initially put General Sternwood in contact with Marlowe—calls the detective on his... (full context)
...Attorney Wilde. Marlowe explains he’s an ex-cop who used to work for Wilde, and knows Ohls well. Gregory calls Ohls’s office and confirms this, and asks for a physical description of... (full context)