Poodle Springs

Poodle Springs

by Raymond Chandler, Robert B. Parker

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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.

"More than just an impressive homage, this is a first-rate detective novel with all of the suspense, action, and human drama that we have come to expect from the best."—Playboy

Philip Marlowe is alive and well and living 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 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.

"Raymond Chandler fans, throw away your dog-eared copies of The Big Sleep...Philip Marlowe has returned!"—Milwaukee Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425239346
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Series: Philip Marlowe Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 152,875
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

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 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 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!
jonesli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Raymond Chandler and have read most of his work. Poodle Springs was left unfinished with about four chapters finished at the time of Mr. Chandler¿s death in 1959. Approximately 40 years after his death, Robert Parker was chosen to finish Poodle Springs as a tribute to Mr. Chandler in honor of what would have been his 100th birthday. Although I am not at all familiar with Mr. Parker¿s work, I think he did a great job completing Poodle Springs and I think it is a fitting honor to Mr. Chandler¿s creation. I have learned that Mr. Parker has also written a sequel to the Big Sleep titled Perchance to Dream, which I may also read.Poodle Springs begins with Philip Marlowe living in Poodle Springs California married to a wealthy heiress and living in luxury. The conflict begins early on as Marlowe¿s wife Linda wants him to stay at home with her, lunch at the club, and attend numerous social functions. Of course this is not Marlowe¿s style; he has to be his own man and remain true to himself and sets out to open up an office in Poodle Springs, where of course no one expects anything criminal to take place. In short order, Marlowe lands his first case in Poodle Springs; he is hired by Manny Lipschultz to track down Les Valentine who left a $100,000 marker and left Manny in big trouble with his boss, Mr. Blackstone. What seems like a simple case soon evolves into a confusing case of double identity with a charming rogue, and undying love.I found Mr. Chandler¿s other novels perhaps contained a few more plot twists and character development, this book was pretty straight forward, and not to difficult to figure out who the murderer was. However, I think it would be impossible for one person to write exactly like another and no one should be expected to. Mr. Parker captured the essence of Philip Marlow using his own style and did a first-rate job. The snappy dialogue, tough guy demeanor, humor and Marlowe¿s propensity in being the first on the scene of finding dead bodies are still present and very entertaining. It¿s Philip Marlowe with a new romantic side to him and it works. I absolutely love this part near the end (Possible Spoiler) ¿It had been a long time since I¿d sat in this bar and had a gimlet with Terry Lennox, a long time since I¿d first met Linda Loring, Harlan Potter¿s daughter, gold and diamond and silk, and perfume that cost more than my weekly wage. A long time and I was still ¿¿¿¿ drinking alone¿ Perfect, I can just picture Bogie saying these words.
SlayBelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ugh. Stay away. Chandler left this as a half finished novel at the time he died and Spillian picked it up. Absolutely horrible.
catmommie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read this years ago but introduced me to Robert Parker. Great book.
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.
madcatnip72 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ugh. This book is absolutely terrible. It was unfinished at the time of Chandler's death and his estate should have left it alone. Instead, they gave it to neo-noir writer Robert B. Parker to finish, and the student was no match for the master. Parker is an awful writer - trite, tacky, and employes every hackneyed noir phrase and cliche he can get his hands on. The characters are shallow, the storyline predictable.Do yourself a favor. Stick to the novels Chandler finished. They are classics. Poodle Springs is one dead pup.