Poodle Springs

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Philip Marlowe marries a rich, beautiful society lady who wants him to settledown. But old habits die hard, and Marlowe soon is back in business, enmeshedin a case involving pornography, bigamy, and murder. 2 cassettes.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Detective Philip Marlowe's seventh caper takes place in Poodle Springs read: Palm Springs and in L.A., where a gambler has been framed for murder. ``Sustaining tensions, writing in tune with the period and delivering a knockout finale, Parker does nobly by the great Chandler,'' determined PW. Nov.
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Chandler died in 1959, leaving behind the opening chapters of this Philip Marlowe private investigator novel set in the 1950s, which Parker has completed. Here, Marlowe has a rich wife (shades of Hammett's Nick and Nora Charles) and has moved from Los Angeles to the big-buck community of Poodle Springs, where he is hired by the area crime boss to track down a missing local who has run out on a gambling debt. The plot evolves with murder, blackmail, and a little bigamy for good measure. Though there's more talk than action, and Marlowe's usual hard edges are rounded off a bit, there is still deep intrigue and lots of snappy dialogue. Completing a story started by another is difficult, especially when it involves an estalished character, but Parker has done an impressive job in adapting to Chandler's style and sense of humor. All one can say when reading this is, ``Marlowe, it's good to have you back.'' Literary Guild alternate; Doubleday Book Club featured alternate; Mystery Guild main selection.-- Michael Rogers, ``Library Journal''
Ed McBain
That Mr. Parker pulls off the stunt is a tribute to his enormous skill...a labyrinthine plot premised on double identities, undying love, and the bewildering charms of a scoundrel, all of which of Marlowe -- and Mr. Parker -- handle with customary aplomb. At his very best, Mr. Parker sounds more like Chandler than Chandler himself -- but with an edge the master had begun to lose in the waning days of his life...the book works! -- The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787100735
  • Publisher: NewStar Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1994
  • Series: Philip Marlowe Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 2 Cassettes
  • Product dimensions: 4.13 (w) x 5.05 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Chandler

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

Biography

Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888 - 1959) was the master practitioner of American hard-boiled crime fiction. Although he was born in Chicago, Chandler spent most of his boyhood and youth in England where he attended Dulwich College and later worked as a freelance journalist for The Westminster Gazette and The Spectator. During World War I, Chandler served in France with the First Division of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, transferring later to the Royal Flying Corps (R. A. F.). In 1919 he returned to the United States, settling in California, where he eventually became director of a number of independent oil companies. The Depression put an end to his career, and in 1933, at the age of forty-five, he turned to writing fiction, publishing his first stories in Black Mask. Chandler's detective stories often starred the brash but honorable Philip Marlowe (introduced in 1939 in his first novel, The Big Sleep) and were noted for their literate presentation and dead-on critical eye. Never a prolific writer, Chandler published only one collection of stories and seven novels in his lifetime. Some of Chandler's novels, like The Big Sleep, were made into classic movies which helped define the film noir style. In the last year of his life he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died in La Jolla, California on March 26, 1959.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Raymond Thornton Chandler
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 23, 1888
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago Illinois
    1. Date of Death:
      March 26, 1959
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2007

    GREAT!!!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    POODLE SPRINGS is a joint effort by Raymond Chandler,  who died

    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.

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

    Parker is no Chandler

    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.

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