Poodle Springs

Poodle Springs

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by 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,

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.

Editorial Reviews

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.)
Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896219779
Publisher:
Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
11/01/1990
Series:
Philip Marlowe Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
303

Meet the Author

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

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
July 23, 1888
Date of Death:
March 26, 1959
Place of Birth:
Chicago Illinois
Place of Death:
La Jolla, California
Education:
Educated in England, France, and Germany

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Poodle Springs 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
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.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
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.