Perchance to Dream

Perchance to Dream

by Robert B. Parker

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ISBN-13: 9780425131312
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/1993
Series: Philip Marlowe Series
Pages: 277
Product dimensions: 4.26(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of seventy books, including the legendary Spenser detective series, the novels featuring Police Chief Jesse Stone, and the acclaimed Virgil Cole-Everett Hitch westerns, as well as the Sunny Randall novels. Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Award and long considered the undisputed dean of American crime fiction, he died in January 2010.

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

Date of Birth:

September 17, 1932

Date of Death:

January 18, 2010

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Cambridge, Massachusetts


B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971

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Perchance to Dream 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
raizel on LibraryThing 8 months ago
so-so book by Parker trying to sound like Raymond Chandler; some nice poetic phrases. There is not much to guess and the massive corruption is reminiscent of Chinatown.
ThePolyBlog More than 1 year ago
PLOT OR PREMISE: In Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep", the reader was introduced to all the main characters -- Sternwood himself, his butler, his two daughters, and a gangster. And of course Marlowe was along for the ride. In this sequel by Robert B. Parker, Philip Marlowe returns to Sternwood Manor to solve the case of a missing daughter, Carmen, who disappeared from her much-deserved stay in a sanitarium. . WHAT I LIKED: A nice tribute to the Marlowe style, and you get to see Parker's and Chandler's styles side-by-side. . WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: I found this to be a very strange book to read because of its constantly switching styles. The main text, written by Parker, reads like classic Spenser -- same style, sentence structure, etc. However, there are constant "flashbacks" that show up as classic Marlowe in the style of Chandler. If they were just occasional flashbacks, it might have made for an interesting read, but the constant jumps made it very hard to adjust at times. . BOTTOM-LINE: Nice tribute, I hope future Marlowe stories stick to Spenser style . DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I was not personal friends with the author before he died, nor did I follow him on social media.