Perchance to dream Once Raymond Chandler's legendary hard-boiled detective Philip Marlowe Faced the Sternwood family... and lived to tell about it. Now the Sternwoods are back. And just as in The Big Sleep, the family is in trouble again. Lovely Vivian's psychotic sister Carmen has disappeared from the sanitarium, and Vivian herself has once again fallen into the clutches of the shady underworld character, Eddie Mars. Enter Philip Marlowe, the original tough-but-tender private eye, resurrected by Robert B. Parker, creator of his own phenomenally popular Spenser mystery series. He saved the Sternwoods once before. The questions: Can he do it again?.
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
Education:B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.