Poodle Springs [ABRIDGED] by Robert B. Parker

Best known for his Spenser PI series, Robert B. Parker has been compared to Hammett, Chandler and Macdonald.

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Poodle Springs [ABRIDGED] by Robert B. Parker


  • Audio CD: ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.01 x 5.18 x 6.52
  • Publisher: New Millennium Audio; Abridged edition (December 2002)
  • ISBN: 1590071069

    Reader Reviews
    Not the best Philip Marlowe, but a treat for Marlowe fans, June 14, 2003 Reviewer: Orion Pozo from Raleigh, NC USA Poodle Springs is a Philip Marlowe mystery that starts with four chapters Raymond Chandler wrote before his death in 1959. Thirty years later Robert B. Parker finishes the work left by Chandler. Parker is an accomplished mystery author himself and breathes life back into Philip Marlowe so we can follow one more case. Yet Parker is not Chandler and there are places in the book where I kept feeling that he wasn't getting Marlowe just right. Probably I was looking for these non-Chandleresque moments and they are actually intriguing. Marlowe fans can read the book with this additional level of interest: did Parker capture the essence of Philip Marlowe in this scene or not? All that aside this is a well-paced and entertaining mystery. There is a side plot as the book opens right after Marlowe's marriage to an heiress. The tension is between the independent and honest detective and his pampered wife who can't understand each other. He gets along better with her house boy, and she can't understand why he won't sit back and let her daddy take care of them. The main plot is pure Marlowe with a sleazy pornographer/blackmailer leading a double life and mixed up in a murder. Marlowe keeps discovering bodies which puts him in trouble with the cops. Yet he can't quite figure out who is the murderer until it is almost too late. If you haven't read Raymond Chandler this is not the place to start. Although this is a minor addition to the Marlowe corpus, it will be a welcome addition to those who have read the other works and desire more Marlowe. It reads quickly and never lets you down. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title

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