Book Reviews of Poodle Springs (Philip Marlowe, Bk 1)

Poodle Springs (Philip Marlowe, Bk 1)
Poodle Springs - Philip Marlowe, Bk 1
Author: Robert B. Parker, Raymond Chandler
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780425123430
ISBN-10: 042512343X
Publication Date: 11/1/1990
Pages: 290
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 32 ratings
Publisher: Berkley
Book Type: Paperback
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Parker takes over for Raymond Chandler and writes a new Phillip Marlowe thriller. very good book
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From Publishers Weekly: "Detective Philip Marlowe's seventh caper takes place in Poodle Springs (read: Palm Springs) and in L.A., where a gambler has been framed for murder. "Sustaining tensions, writing in tune with the period and delivering a knockout finale, Parker does nobly by the great Chandler," determined PW.
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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 estalished 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." Literary Guild alternate; Doubleday Book Club featured alternate; Mystery Guild main selection.
- Michael Rogers, "Library Journal"
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reviewed Poodle Springs (Philip Marlowe, Bk 1) on
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 estalished character, but Parker has done an impressive job in adapting to Chandler's style and sense of humor
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Pretty good noir mystery, takes place in Palm Springs and Los Angeles
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I wasent a fan of Chandlers and even with Parker finishing it but others have enjoyed it
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Philip Marlowe is alive and living in Poodle Spring, California. He is married to a wealthy heiress now. Living in the lap of luxury has not made a dent in Marlowe's cynicism-or his talent for attrecting trouble. Soon he is on the trail of greed, lust, and murder as dark and cunning as he has ever seen. Philp Marlowe is back in business.
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2 tapes, approx. 3 hrs. Read by Elliot Gould.
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Very satifying audio book - serious and comedical at times - Abridged - 2 cassettes - approx 3 hours - well read by Elliott Gould
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Annotation
Philip Marlowe marries a rich, beautiful society lady who wants him to settledown. But old habits die hard, and Marlowe soon is back in business, enmeshedin a case involving pornography, bigamy, and murder. 2 cassettes.

From the Publisher
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.
Philip Marlowe is alive and well and livig 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 in 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.



From The Critics
Publishers Weekly
Detective Philip Marlowe's seventh caper takes place in Poodle Springs (read: Palm Springs) and in L.A., where a gambler has been framed for murder. ``Sustaining tensions, writing in tune with the period and delivering a knockout finale, Parker does nobly by the great Chandler,'' determined PW. (Nov.)

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 estalished 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.'' Literary Guild alternate; Doubleday Book Club featured alternate; Mystery Guild main selection.-- Michael Rogers, ``Library Journal''

Ed McBain
That Mr. Parker pulls off the stunt is a tribute to his enormous skill...a labyrinthine plot premised on double identities, undying love, and the bewildering charms of a scoundrel, all of which of Marlowe -- and Mr. Parker -- handle with customary aplomb. At his very best, Mr. Parker sounds more like Chandler than Chandler himself -- but with an edge the master had begun to lose in the waning days of his life...the book works! -- The New York Times
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Robert B Parker completes the unfinished work of the great master of mystery, Chandler. The transition is seamless and Parker proves he is heir apparent!
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An early R B Parker - which I enjoyed much also.