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Playback by Raymond Chandler, Elliott Gould

As Chandler's last novel opens, Philip Marlowe meets a well-endowed redhead as she disembarks from the Super Chief and leads him to the California coast to solve a tale of big money and, of course, murder.

"Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence:" — Ross Macdonald

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590070970
Publisher: New Millennium Entertainment
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Series: Philip Marlowe Series , #7
Edition description: ABRIDGED
Product dimensions: 4.72(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

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.

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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Playback 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SmithDoug More than 1 year ago
Though the plot may be thinner in this novel than Chandler's other works, this novel delves deeply into the character of Philip Marlowe and gives Chandler and opportunity to air some of his own demons in the process. We see Marlowe's humanity and understand certainly how decades of taking the moral high ground can erode the standards of even someone like Chandler's protagonist. Is this a different novel than its predecessors? Yes. Is it worthy of one one-star rating? Of course not. This is more character study than plot novel, which is a bit anti-Chandler, but that's also why it is a fitting finale to the Marlowe series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adapted from an old unproduced screenplay Chandler wrote, and published in the last year of his life when Chandler was struggling most with alcoholism, Playback is Chandler's weakest (and shortest) finished novel. Our protagonist Marlowe behaves out of character (prior to this book never becoming romantically entangled, as all characters in previous Chandler books are too corrupt for Marlowe to trust too much) and the plot is thinner than many of Chandler's other works. Playback also lacks the levels of depth, social criticism, and caustic wit present in his other novels. I tend to think of The Long Goodbye, Chandler's most mature work, as his last. I strongly recommend any previous Chandler book, particularly The Long Goodbye, and suggest you skip this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Script written for movies are adjusted to the mores of the general viewer in his late condition it was probably edited into book form by his editor and not a rewrite try the grafic novel instead
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