The first four chapters of this final Marlowe mystery were written by noir master Raymond Chandler at the end of his life. Robert B. Parker was chosen by Chandler's estate to complete his last work, and the result is a true classic for Chandler aficionados and mystery fans alike.
©1991 Robert B. Parker; (P)2009 Phoenix
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.
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
Poodle Springs was co-authored by both Raymond Chandler AND Robert B. Parker because Chandler died while the book was still yet unfinished. Despite this fact, this book somehow ended up being one of the most memorable in the entire Philip Marlowe series of novels. Parker did SUCH an amazing job of re-creating Chandler's voice that it is impossible to tell where he might have possibly picked up writing the story. If you are a fan of ANY form of detective fiction, this book will leave you hanging on to every word.
9.6 / 10
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