Publish date: November 1st 1990
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
, 20th Century
, Mystery Thriller
, United States
, Hard Boiled
Series: Philip Marlowe (#8)
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...
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.
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. ...
My least favorite of mine in the Marlowe series, possibly because Chandler only wrote half of it. While Parker picks up the pieces and arranges them nicely fans of Chandler will detect the subtle differences. More dialoge, a too tidy [happy] ending, past characters making too many appearances... etc...
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