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Poodle Springs (Philip Marlowe)

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Marlowe is back - in a classic thriller no Chandler aficionado will be able to resist...

When Raymond Chandler died in 1959, he left behind an unfinished Philip Marlowe novel. Now, thirty years later, POODLE SPRINGS has become a complete work, thanks to the inspired writing of Robert B. Parker, the foremost contemporary exponent of the Chandler style.

As the novel opens, Mar
Paperback, 268 pages
Published March 7th 1991 by Futura (first published 1989)
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Robert B. Parker said that he started writing Spenser novels because he was a huge Phillip Marlowe fan and missed the detective after he’d read all the books and short stories. The Marlowe influence is all over the Spenser series, particularly the early books. So Parker was the natural pick to try and finish the last book that Raymond Chandler had started before his death.

Chandler had finished just four chapters, but he gave Parker a sweet set-up for the rest of the story. Marlowe and his new b
Marlowe has married into money – or has he? Not content to be a “kept husband”, Marlowe sets up shop in the swanky California town of Poodle Springs, much to the displeasure of his new wife. It isn’t long until Marlowe is hired to track down a man who happens to owe his bookie a cool one hundred grand. Can Marlowe close the case or will his marital life prove too much of a distraction?

Raymond Chandler wrote four chapters of a new Marlowe novel before he tragically passed away following a bout wi
Cathy DuPont
Notice any difference between the first four chapters and the remaining 37 chapters of the book? It's well known that the first four were written by Raymond Chandler and the remaining 37, were written by author Robert B. Parker creator of the Spenser series which I've been reading for a few years. Chandler, for those of us who love hard-boiled, noir and the such, needs no introduction. And Parker is known to have loved Chandler's writing and his books.

But honestly, I didn't see that much of a d
Raymond Chandler died and 1959 and left behind an unfinished Philip Marlowe novel: The Poodle Springs Story.
Thirty years later Robert B Parker,creator of such detectives as Spenser & Jesse Stone, was asked to finish this tale for publication. And he did so in great style. While this book was based upon an unfinished novel of Chandler, Parker did do another one solo just to prove to himself/fans that he he was rightly chosen and that he was capable to do so, Perchance to dream.

Philip Marlowe
Apr 20, 2011 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: private eye fans
I put off reading Poodle Springs for years. Who'd believe a hardboiled detective novel with a title like that could be any good? It was a mistake. The 42-year-old Marlowe is back in splendid form, probably as good as the early masterpieces by Chandler. Immensely enjoyable if you're a sucker for private eye novels. And I am.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Poodle Springs (Philip Marlowe #8), Raymond Chandler, Robert B. Parker
Victoria Mixon
I've read the only surviving first four chapters of Raymond Chandler's final novel, Poodle Springs, which were published in the back of The Raymond Chandler Papers, edited by Tom Hiney & Frank MacShane.

Wow. Those chapters STINK.

Now I use them as an example to buck up editing clients going through rough spells with their self-esteem. "Read this," I tell them. "Even the greats wrote shitty first drafts."

You would never imagine those chapters were written by the very creator of Phillip Marlowe,
Jan 20, 2013 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the final book Raymond Chandler began before he died. Basically, he wrote the first four chapters and the story went unfinished until Robert Parker picked it up and finished it in the late 80's. I had pretty low expectations going in for several reasons. 1st, Chandler's writing style is easy to parrot but difficult to master. 2nd, "Playback," the novel that leads into this one was my least favorite of the series with a weird "happy" ending that felt tacked on. 3rd, I had no idea who thi ...more
Jul 07, 2009 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raymond Chandler was the inspiration for Parker's writings. When
Chandler died in 1959, he left behind the first four chapters of a Philip Marlowe thriller. Thirty years later, Robert B. Parker, considered the 'foremost interpreter of the Chandler tradition' completes the book. Although Marlowe is now married to a rich heiress,
he still does his private investigator work and has adventures, much to
the dismay of his wife who wants him just to stay with her and live from
her inheritance. Lots of fun
Lukasz Pruski
"He handed me back my gun, I put it under my arm so it would be there when the next guy wanted to take it away, [...]"

When Raymond Chandler, the famous author of several novels acclaimed as masterpieces of the noir genre, died in 1959, he left few first chapters of his new novel featuring Philip Marlowe. Robert B. Parker, almost as famous an author of detective novels starring Spenser, undertook the task of completing the novel that Mr. Chandler had barely begun developing, and thus Poodle Sprin
Oct 12, 2016 Aditya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mini Review

The last Marlowe book is fortunately not the cheap knockoff that I was afraid it might turn out to be. But unfortunately it never leaves the pretenses of being an imitation albeit a nice one. The writing nails some signature Chandler motifs like the descriptive flourishes but fails at others like displaying his keen insight into human nature. The mystery is engaging enough for me to search for other Parker works but the main problem is Phillip Marlowe himself. The same book with a dif
Mar 17, 2014 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the book when I read it some years ago but this abridged version falls a little short of the excellence of that production.

I suspect it is the abridgement that causes the problem for the story of Marlowe once more becoming a private eye, following his honeymoon with Linda Loring, has, in the time available for this audio version, to be foreshortened.

There is still time for a few good beatings, a touch of bigamy, some blackmail and, of course, murder ... and the dialogue is pure Raymond C
Dec 30, 2007 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't pure Chandler, and that's just not good enough.
Jul 04, 2010 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent Marlowe mystery completed by Parker 30 years after Chandler's death !

Chandler is best known for his half dozen private-eye Philip Marlowe novels, written during the 40's and 50's. (Chandler also authored numerous screenplays and short stories...) Marlowe is a hard-boiled, handsome but tough-guy detective who solves crimes in no frills mysteries in the vein of his fictional contemporaries Sam Spade and Mickey Spillane. "Poodle Springs" arose from four chapters penned by Chandler himself pr
Apr 05, 2013 Angelica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ma
This book had nice action, an interesting investigation, the usual problems with noir novels (two-dimensional characters, exaggerated reactions, simplistic conclusions), but just enough pages to stay entertaining in spite of them.

It is also an eloquent essay on how fragile the male ego is. Oh my God, Marlowe. You say you love her. I've seen no evidence of that, but that's your claim and I'll believe you. But, seriously, you will divorce the woman you love, who is beautiful, loves you, does every
Nov 18, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This book is very difficult to objectively review: there are so many elements working against it that it could easily be given one star. But, I didn't do that because I live in "Poodle Springs" and was amused to encounter Philip Marlowe living here.

. . . But, in this novel Raymond Chandler's voice is limited to our memories of the previous adventures of Philip Marlowe and fewer than 30 pages of rather lifeless prose;

. . . And, do we really want Philip Marlowe married? And repeating to his wealth
Apr 23, 2010 Justus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Extremely mediocre. It was not a horrible book, but it did not have the same energy and power as a full Chandler novel. You can read it if you'd like, but don't expect a classic. Good enough for passing the time I guess...
Edwina Callan
This story feels very dated but, I enjoyed it.
Ellen Joan
The chapters by Chandler are wonderful...the rest is a "nice try".
Vincent Lombardo
it's bittersweet to read this book knowing that it is the last Phillip Marlowe book. Awesome book but when finished I don't have anymore Marlowe left. Parker does an amazing job filling in and you can't tell where Chandler ends and Parker starts. He knows the characters well.
Mar 13, 2017 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chandler-raymond
Nice for the time. Audio book
Luca Lesi
Vi cito una frase del libro e vi do un link di you tube se vi piacciono entrambe allora leggetevi tutto Chandler , ne sarete entusiasti.
1)La frase da Poodle Springs, interno bancone di un bar, Marlow fissa il bicchiere : " Una mosca volava pigramente intorno all'umida traccia circolare lasciata dal mio bicchiere. Si abbassò sempre più, infine si decise ad atterrare, e le piccole ali traslucide divennero d'un tratto visibili. Assaggiò il velo di liquido, e si soffregò le zampette anteriori in seg
An Odd1
Mar 09, 2012 An Odd1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
"Poodle Springs" (Marlowe) by Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker is the wealthy California enclave, hometown of new wife, rich Linda Loring, where narrator Philip Marlowe returns after honeymoon, "three weeks and four days" p12, to "a very handsome house except that it stank decorator" p13. "Where is the poodle going to sleep ... and what color pajamas does he like?" p15 I guess authors change at Chapter 21: longer descriptive sentences, occasional spark like original, lack of crisp insulting ...more
Robert Beveridge
Raymond Chandler and Robert B. Parker, Poodle Springs (Putnam, 1989)

Raymond Chandler died leaving the first four chapters of a new Philip Marlowe novel. Eventually, Robert Parker's publisher got hold of them and figured that if Parker were truly the most worthy successor to the Chandler legacy, who best to complete the book? And while the finished product is a decent piece of work, it's not Chandler, and it's not really Parker, either. It certainly isn't Marlowe.

Chandler throws a twist into the
Feb 12, 2012 Dan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
"Poodle Springs" is Robert B. Parker's continuation of a manuscript left unfinished by Raymond Chandler at the time of his death. The transition from Chandler to Parker is fairly seamless and it's difficult to tell where one starts and the other stops. Though by the latter half of the book, the reader feels like Parker is trying a little too hard to sound like Chandler, reusing bits and pieces of Chandleria that would have been unlikely to resurface without the change of authors (i.e. Marlowe be ...more
Jan 10, 2016 Vince rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Close but... no cigar!! Parker does a workmanlike job of finishing up the unfinished novel left by Chandlers death.While the first four chapters are written by Chandler they read like what they are, part of the first draft of a novel before the cleaning and polishing is put on.

One of the most jarring aspects of this novel is the 1980's sensibilities and attitudes displayed throughout a novel ostensibly set in the 1950's. One example of this is the assertion related throughout the novel that por
Nan Silvernail
Jun 29, 2012 Nan Silvernail rated it it was ok
Phillip Marlowe is married. His wife is rich. They are back from the honeymoon and moving into a designer desert home, complete with houseboy in Poodle Springs, 3 hours away from LA. But he is restless and wants to earn his own way in life, so he opens up a detective agency and nets himself a doozy of a case. It starts with a mobster's request to find a man who skipped out on a $100,000 IOU and will weave to Hollywood and back before it's done.

Jan 18, 2017 Emmett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Chandler's rendition of romance is usually more conservative than Parker's, who made this novel's romantic moments rather cheesy/steamy and out-of-character at some points. That aside, it was a very impressive effort at finishing what he had started and was not able to complete. The reviews on the cover claim the subtlety of the seam, and they are by and large correct. Chandler's style is characteristic but slippery, and Parker manages to convey and sustain the atmosphere one has sad nostalgia f ...more
Adriana Fogaça
Jan 19, 2016 Adriana Fogaça rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amor & Morte em Poodle Springs - Raymond Chandler & Robert Parker
Título original: Poodle Springs
Título: Amor & Morte em Poodle Springs
Autor: Raymond Chandler & Robert Parker
Tradução: Marcos Santarrista
Editora: L&PM
Ano: 1991

Vou direto ao ponto: Um dos melhores romances policiais que já li. O problema é que sou um ser mega neurótica, e como o livro foi escrito em quatro mãos fico nervosa. Além do mais é o meu primeiro livro do Raymond Chandler, e como este livro ficou inacabad
John Marsh
Sep 11, 2016 John Marsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Raymond Thornton Chandler was an American novelist and screenwriter.

In 1932, at age forty-four, Raymond Chandler decided to become a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Depression. His first short story, "Blackmailers Don't Shoot", was published in 1933 in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine. His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. In
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Philip Marlowe (8 books)
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  • The Little Sister (Philip Marlowe, #5)
  • The Long Goodbye
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