Poodle Springs

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Putnam, 1989 - Fiction - 268 pages
66 Reviews
Robert B. Parker has brought to life the gritty, gripping world of Chandler and his sleuth, Philip Marlowe, in a book no private-eye aficionado will be able to resist. Brash, brilliant, and utterly compelling, this novel blends two superb talents into a heady brew of rare suspense.

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Review: Poodle Springs (Philip Marlowe)

User Review  - Wendy - Goodreads

Raymond Chandler died after wring chapters 1-4. Robert Parker picks up the story flawlessly. Now Robt. Parker has passed and another author co-writes his characters. This was the sequel to "The Long Goodbye". Read full review

Review: Poodle Springs (Philip Marlowe)

User Review  - Keith - Goodreads

Marlowe has married a rich woman named Linda Loring, who he met in The Long Goodbye, and who is society in Poodle (Palm) Springs, but he's just gotta be he so he takes a sketchy missing deadbeat job ... Read full review

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About the author (1989)

Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 23, 1888. Before becoming a professional writer in 1933, he worked as a reporter, an accountant, bookkeeper, and auditor. He wrote several novels featuring private detective Philip Marlowe including The Big Sleep, The High Window, The Lady in the Lake, The Little Sister, and The Long Goodbye. In addition to novels and short stories, he wrote screenplays. He won two academy awards, for Double Indemnity (1944) and The Blue Dahlia (1946). He died on March 26, 1959.

Robert Brown Parker was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on September 17, 1932. He received a B.A. from Colby College in 1954, served in the U.S. Army in Korea, and then returned to receive a M. A. in English literature from Boston University in 1957. He received a Ph.D. in English literature from Boston University in 1971. Before becoming a full-time writer in 1979, he taught at Lowell State College, Bridgewater State College and Northwestern University. In 1971, Parker published The Godwuff Manuscript, as homage to Raymond Chandler. The character he created, Spencer, became his own detective and was featured in more than 30 novels. His Spencer character has been featured in six TV movies and the television series Spencer: For Hire that starred Robert Urich and ran from 1985 to 1988. He is also the author of the Jesse Stone series, which has been made into a series of television movies for CBS, and the Sunny Randall series. His novel Appaloosa (2005) was made into a 2008 movie directed by and starring Ed Harris. He has received numerous awards for his work including an Edgar Award for Best Novel in 1977 for The Promised Land, Grand Master Edgar Award for his collective oeuvre in 2002, and the Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He died of a heart attack on January 18, 2010 at the age of 77.

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