Poodle Springsby Raymond Chandler, Robert B. Parker
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When Raymond Chandler died in 1959, he left behind the first four chapters of a new Philip Marlowe thriller. Now three decades later, Robert B. Parker, the bestselling creator of the Spenser detective novels, has completed POODLE SPRINGS in a full-length masterpiece of criminal passion.
Philip Marlowe is alive and well and livig in Poodle Springs, California. He's married to a wealthy heiress now. But living in the lap of luxury hasn't made a dent in Marlowe's cynicism - or in his talent for attracting trouble. Soon he's on a trail of greed, lust, and murder as dark and cunning as any he's ever seen. Philip Marlowe is back in business.
Meet the Author
Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.
- Date of Birth:
- July 23, 1888
- Date of Death:
- March 26, 1959
- Place of Birth:
- Chicago Illinois
- Place of Death:
- La Jolla, California
- Educated in England, France, and Germany
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Parker took up where Chandler left off without a trace of difference in writing it seems! One review said it was 'seamless' which it really was! Two masters -- what else is there to say!
POODLE SPRINGS is a joint effort by Raymond Chandler, who died after only completing the first four chapters of this book, and Robert B Parker who was chosen to complete this book. I find this particularly interesting when one considers the "family" of authors. Now that Parker has died, author Ace Atkins has been chosen to continue Parker's stories. In this book, private eye, Philip Marlowe, and his new rich wife, have just returned home following their honeymoon. His wife wants to continue the fun, supporting them both, but Marlowe feels the need to continue "being who he is". He's been hired by a local gambler to find a man owing him $100,000. Marlowe goes on the hunt, finding more then he'd bargained for, with a dead body, bigamy, blackmail, and pornography. Of course, he solves his case, but how does that affect his marriage? Parker did a great job of convincing this reader that he could continue in someone else's writing style. Snappy comebacks, realistic dialogue, and the Marlowe character were done superbly. Definitely an enjoyable classic mystery.
I loved Parker's earlier books simply for the flavor of Chandler that they held...and Parker is good in his own right. That being said, Parker turns Marlowe into Spenser as far as his romantic life is concerned! Very disappointing that he did not stay true to Marlowe's character. Parker is an excellent writer but the character change within Marlowe is glaringly obvious. Obviously, I would recommend everything ever written by Chandler as well as John D. MacDonald, Ross MacDonald, Ian Fleming and Jack London.