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The Goodbye Coast: A Philip Marlowe Novel

The Goodbye Coast: A Philip Marlowe Novel

by Joe Ide
The Goodbye Coast: A Philip Marlowe Novel

The Goodbye Coast: A Philip Marlowe Novel

by Joe Ide


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If you’ve come to know and love Joe Ide’s prior books featuring LA-based sleuth Isaiah Quintabe as much as we have, then reader, you will be in for a treat! The Goodbye Coast brings us one of the most famous fiction detectives in literature: Philip Marlowe. We hope you agree that Joe Ide does Raymond Chandler proud in this modern-day Marlowe novel.

In this colorful reinvention of a classic, Philip Marlowe finds himself tangled in two missing persons cases; “Ide has chiseled off the rust while keeping the soul of one of American fiction’s icons” (Dennis Lehane).

The seductive and relentless figure of Raymond Chandler’s detective, Philip Marlowe, is vividly re-imagined in present-day Los Angeles. Here is a city of scheming Malibu actresses, ruthless gang members, virulent inequality, and washed-out police. Acclaimed and award-winning novelist Joe Ide imagines a Marlowe very much of our time: he’s a quiet, lonely, and remarkably capable and confident private detective, though he lives beneath the shadow of his father, a once-decorated LAPD homicide detective, famous throughout the city, who’s given in to drink after the death of Marlowe’s mother.
Marlowe, against his better judgement, accepts two missing person cases, the first a daughter of a faded, tyrannical Hollywood starlet, and the second, a British child'stolen from his mother by his father. At the center of The Goodbye Coast is Marlowe’s troubled and confounding relationship with his father, a son who despises yet respects his dad, and a dad who’s unable to hide his bitter disappointment with his grown boy. 

Steeped in the richly detailed ethnic neighborhoods of modern LA, Ide’s The Goodbye Coast is a bold recreation that is viciously funny, ingeniously plotted, and surprisingly tender.

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ISBN-13: 9780316459273
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 02/01/2022
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 122,185
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Joe Ide is of Japanese American descent. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Joe's favorite books were the Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. The idea that a person could face the world and vanquish his enemies with just his intelligence fascinated him. Joe went on to earn a graduate degree and had several careers before writing his debut novel, IQ, inspired by his early experiences and his love of Sherlock Holmes. Joe lives in Santa Monica, California.

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