Racketeer Eddie Mars’s “best boy,” Lash Canino is a lethal hired assassin. He kills the grifter Harry Jones, who’d been snooping into Mars’s business, by lacing his whiskey with cyanide. Canino also keeps Mars’s wife Mona in hiding, to keep up the pretense that she ran away with the missing Rusty Regan. When private detective Philip Marlowe finds Mona’s hiding place, he has to kill Canino to protect himself and Mona, who helps Marlowe to escape.
Lash Canino Character Timeline in The Big Sleep
The timeline below shows where the character Lash Canino appears in The Big Sleep. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...cyanide. Marlowe picks up the phone and finds the number for the address Jones gave Canino. The person who answers believes Marlowe’s pretense that he is a cop, and confirms there... (full context)
...office when the phone rings. It’s Agnes. Marlowe tells her that Jones ran off when Canino started looking for him, though Agnes doesn’t believe Marlowe. Nevertheless, she wants the money and... (full context)
...Gregory at the Missing Persons Bureau. The cop has heard all about Marlowe’s encounter with Canino. The Captain asks who told Marlowe where Mona was hiding, and Marlowe tells him about... (full context)
...the private detective “played it smart” by telling the police everything about his encounter with Canino. Marlowe explains he and Mona had filed statements and the police let Mona go. (full context)