Poodle Springs - Audio Book Author:Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker Poodle Springs by Raymond Chandler & Robert B. Parker — Abridged on 2 cassettes - 3 hours — Read by Elliott Gould — Philip Marlowe is back...and now he's married, to a rich, beautiful society lady who wants him to settle down in the posh desert community of Poodle Springs - "Me, Marlowe, the Galahad of the gutter." — Originally published as a fragme... more »nt, this novel was left unfinished at the time of Raymond Chandler's death. Now completed by Robert B. Parker, the phenomenally popular author of the SPENSER mysteries, POODLE SPRINGS is an unexpected treat for Parker and Chandler fans.
Marlowe may have married rich, but he's still up to the same business. the manager of the Agony club hires him to recover a gambling debt from an "artistic" photographer who, like Marlowe, married into a wealthy family. Finding the guy is no problem, but bigamy, pornography, murder -- and a bride who'd prefer that he spend his days lounging around the pool -- make a tough case for Marlowe.
From Library Journal:
Chandler died in 1959, leaving behind the opening chapters of this Philip Marlowe private investigator novel set in the 1950s, which Parker has completed. Here, Marlowe has a rich wife (shades of Hammett's Nick and Nora Charles) and has moved from Los Angeles to the big-buck community of Poodle Springs, where he is hired by the area crime boss to track down a missing local who has run out on a gambling debt. The plot evolves with murder, blackmail, and a little bigamy for good measure. Though there's more talk than action, and Marlowe's usual hard edges are rounded off a bit, there is still deep intrigue and lots of snappy dialogue. Completing a story started by another is difficult, especially when it involves an established character, but Parker has done an impressive job in adapting to Chandler's style and sense of humor. All one can say when reading this is, "Marlowe, it's good to have you back."
- Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
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Elliott Gould has starred in such varied motion pictures as M*A*S*H and Ingmar bergman's THE TOUCH... He played Marlowe in the latest film version of THE LONG GOODBYE.« less