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Poodle Springs (Philip Marlowe)

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,125 Ratings  ·  129 Reviews
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, enmeshed in a case involving pornography, bigamy, and murder.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 1st 1990 by Berkley (first published 1989)
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Brandon
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
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Kemper
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
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Mark
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
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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
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Ed
Apr 25, 2011 Ed rated it really liked it
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.
Victoria Mixon
Aug 25, 2010 Victoria Mixon rated it it was ok
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,
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Joe
Jan 23, 2013 Joe rated it really liked it
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
Mark
Jan 05, 2008 Mark rated it liked it
It wasn't pure Chandler, and that's just not good enough.
Angelica
Jan 22, 2015 Angelica rated it liked it
Shelves: male-author
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
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Joy
Jul 07, 2009 Joy rated it it was amazing
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
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Jerry
Jul 04, 2010 Jerry rated it liked it
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
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Nancy
Nov 18, 2013 Nancy rated it liked it
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
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Adriana Fogaça
Jan 19, 2016 Adriana Fogaça rated it it was amazing
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
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Vince
Jan 11, 2016 Vince rated it liked it
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
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Rick
Aug 21, 2014 Rick rated it liked it
Interesting. I've just read a number of books either based on Robert B Parker's characters or books he'd started which were finished by other authors - so it's really interesting to read a novel that was started by Raymond Chandler (though he only wrote the first Chapter or so) and finished by Parker.

Much like the Parker books finished by other writers this is good - but, ultimately, it's cleaarly not Chandler. Robert B. Parker has often been compared to Chandler and it's clear that the older wr
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Charles
Nov 04, 2015 Charles rated it it was ok
The beginning of this book - the part Chandler wrote - isn't great Chandler, but it's still decent. The problem comes when the Chandler runs out and the Parker begins.

While Parker's intention is to continue in Chandler's style, and there isn't a marked change, once I got past the Chandler chapters I began to find the book unpleasant. This was the feeling I later got when I tried to read a Parker book; I found it unlikable. Parker might be able to emulate Chandler's style to some extent, but ther
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Justus
May 18, 2010 Justus rated it it was ok
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...
Ellen Joan
Apr 29, 2010 Ellen Joan rated it it was ok
The chapters by Chandler are wonderful...the rest is a "nice try".
Norma
Jul 13, 2014 Norma rated it really liked it
This is the first Raymond Chandler book I have read...alas it was finished by Robert Parker not Mr. Chandler. I laughed out loud at the similes and metaphors...I did figure out the murderer before the end but I found the story a good one and since I briefly lived in "Poodle Springs" I could easily believe it. This book wandered in my hands via Susan Hill's Howard's End Is On The Landing.....I will now have to find a totally Chandler detective story to see how much of his style remained alive wit ...more
TS Hottle
Sep 12, 2015 TS Hottle rated it it was ok
A disappointing read. Marlowe hooks up with Linda Loring at the end of Playback, which was really just a denouement for The Long Goodbye. At the beginning of Poodle Springs, Marlowe has married Loring and is chaffing at being a rich woman's husband. The setup is kind of tired, and Robert Parker does little to make it more interesting.

Many people have commented that the transition from Chandler's unfinished draft and Parker's completion is seamless. Mostly true. However, some of Spenser's more c
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An Odd1
Mar 26, 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
Dadoo
Mar 16, 2009 Dadoo rated it liked it
This book is a one joke sitcom. The basic plot is Marlowe marries rich woman will the money tempt him to become a regular joe mowing the lawn and taking out the garbage and changing diapers or will he stay true to his hard edged lifestyle after all why work and why especially that kind of work when his wife is filthy rich and wants nothing more than to take care of you in the manner to which you are not accustomed. I think we all know the answer without having to read the book.
The mystery itse
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Dan
May 31, 2012 Dan rated it it was ok
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
Ronna
Aug 08, 2013 Ronna rated it really liked it
POODLE SPRINGS is a joint effort by Raymond Chandler, who died after only completing the first four chapters of this book, and Robert B Parker who was chosen to complete this book. I find this particularly interesting when one considers the "family" of authors. Now that Parker has died, author Ace Atkins has been chosen to continue Parker's stories.

In this book, private eye, Philip Marlowe, and his new rich wife, have just returned home following their honeymoon. His wife wants to continue the
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Nan Silvernail
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.


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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
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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
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Marley
Feb 04, 2013 Marley rated it really liked it
In case you've ever wondered what happened to Phillip Marlowe--or what it would be like to be married to him, this is the book for you.

Before his death in 1959, Raymond Chandler drafted the first four chapters of Poodle Springs. Twenty years later, mystery writer and Chandler expert Robert B Parker finished it seamlessly. Though a little slower than I like Marlowe books, it captures the Marlowe mystique and '50's LA quite nicely.

Just back from his honeymoon with fabulously wealthy Linda (we do
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Frank Jude
Aug 31, 2010 Frank Jude rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of hard-boiled detective fiction.
I'm a big Raymond Chandler fan; the man wrote incredible dialogue! No one really spoke -- and certainly doesn't speak today -- that way, but the criminal world would be a much more interesting world if they did! That said, it's still fun to read such snappy, witty dialogue that seems to sparkle and jump right off the page. At other times, it's a slow burn, you realize a moment later how dryly funny and perceptive it is.

This book was left unfinished by Chandler, and Robert Parker, years later too
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Nate
May 09, 2014 Nate rated it it was ok
Seemed like Chandler jumped the shark with this one. I'm not sure if it was the overt Hollywoodness of it, but something about this story just seemed silly. Marlow married and living in a mansion? The actual mystery was a good one, and while a little predictable, it surprised me with a few pieces. I don't think I'd read it again though.

This was the BBC audio play version, which again I found too abridged.
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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 (7 books)
  • The Big Sleep
  • Farewell, My Lovely
  • The High Window
  • The Lady in the Lake
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  • The Long Goodbye (Philip Marlowe, #6)
  • Playback

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