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This review is from: The Black Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel (Hardcover)
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Based on the Philip Marlowe more often associated with Humphrey Bogart than perhaps Raymond Chandler, Benjamin Black has created a story Chandler would recognise. With any writer following in the path set by a previous author, the comparisons are perhaps unfair and misleading. As a stand alone story it is satifying and well contructed, as sharp as anything Chandler wrote, just a little missing on the black humour. If you like your detectives hard boiled then Marlowe is for you. This tale involves the usual family intrigues, as a beautiful woman, in Marlowes world they all are, hires him to find a missing friend, who may or may not be a gigolo and is drawn into a world of eccentric and rich people with more to them than meets the eye. As in any Marlowe story not everything is as it seems. The ending, again is not what you expect, and it does tie up one of Chandlers loose ends. Recommended to anyone needing a fix of a Noir-ish detective.