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5.0 out of 5 stars If these excellent dramas are abridged versions then I'm going to have start reading the books, 19 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Poodle Springs (Philip Marlowe Mystery) (Audio CD)
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It would seem that most creative people have a great unfinished work to their name, Poodle Springs is Chandler's, dying in 1959. By good fortune Robert S. Parker took up the challenge and on the basis of another very worthy BBC production I am glad he did. Marlowe only recently married and already bored and annoying his wife has barely set up a new PI business before he is back in that familiar world of dark hidden secrets and things not being what they seem. In this case he starts off on the trail of a gambler who owes a large amount to local (quite mild) criminal. Of course there are lies, blackmail and bodies. Being only an hour in length the production nips along at a fair pace, while retaining the element of suspense.We also get insights into Marlowe's turbulent marriage. Toby Stephens does a great job of painting a seemingly world-weary man who at heart is still an idealist; his delivery of Marlowe's sardonic wit is spot on. GIve the rest of the cast its dues they make the most of their own contributions, in particularly Lorelei King as his exaspirated wife Linda.
Recommended to those who have the rest of the audio collection; a great introduction to Chandler's work and a good seasonal stocking filler for those who enjoy audio crime dramas. My copy was delivered by 11:30 I had finished listening by 13:00, that good folks!
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