Poodle Springs Paperback – 3 Aug 2010
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Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.
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The story is a natural for Parker, because it involves Marlowe marrying a rich society woman on the spur of the moment. Having gotten together, they both realize that not all is right in this relationship. 'Can't live with him, can't live without him' could have been the title. The relationship raises a lot of the kinds of issues that Parker handles well in the Spenser stories between Spenser and Susan.
Marlowe keeps at his detective work, and we meet a whole cast of hard characters portrayed with wonderfully terse dialogue and understatement. Although not as tough as a Chandler, it is certainly tough in an appealing Parkerish way.
Having grown up in Southern California in the 1950s, I could relate to the tale that Chandler/Parker have woven. It seemed to fit my memory of those times, and had a sort of smoky, boozy nostalgia attached to it.
Give it a try. The first five chapters are only about 26 pages. You'll have a good sense whether or not you want to read more. I know I could not have possibly put it down at that point. I was hooked. Maybe you will be, too. I hope it will be irresistible for you as well.
Stephens obviously has great fun playing the character of Philip Marlowe and it is understandable that a successful series of these plays would lead to Raymond Chandler's unfinished Poodle Springs being tackled. Of course the story itself was finished by Robert Parker and this is what this adaptation is based upon.
It's by no means a travesty of the Marlowe legacy but with all the best will in the world it falls short of the character at his best. This audio version clocks in at about an hour and whilst it is sharp and snappy and keeps a decent pace it's ultimately a little lightweight.
Although the usual "atmosphere" is prevalent the story itself just isn't good enough and you may well find yourself correctly guessing the twists before you hear them.
One for the completists only I think.
It's an easy listen, it's undemanding, it's entertaining. For those who have heard or seen Philip Marlowe stories before, this is exactly what you would expect - the slightly down at heel detective doing his thing. You won't be disappointed, but you also won't be surprised. A full-cast recording (always a bonus) from BBC Radio 4. Recommended.
Anyway, he is asked by a geezer called "Lippy" to get $100,000 from some gambler who left an IOU.
The gambler Mr Victor/Mr Valentine -what's his real name? -is involved with 2 women -one rich and another just a "nice girl"
Marlowe gets himself embroiled in finding 2 murders -he calls the cops in both cases -and they thank him by throwing him in the slammer for the second one.
The gambler's rich wife has a dad - Mr Blackstone -who also seems to have a murky past -but will do anything for his daughter -even though he thinks Victor/Valentine is no good for his little girl.
The story rolls along to a final crescendo to the killer being revealed and more people getting bumped off.
Marlowe and his missus make up - but how long will it last before he wants to solve another case??
This CD is very enjoyable and is over far too quickly. I have listened to it a few times and I think you will enjoy it too!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was an excellent novel and a fitting tribute to Raymond Chandler. Robert B. Parker did a great job of completing the book which Chandler left unfinished after just 4 chapters. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lee Wright
Indistinguishable from the originals, Robert Parker writes Chandler as well as anyone ever has. A fitting finale for Marlowe. Recommended.Published on 28 Dec. 2013 by LeeUK
These stories are still extremely enjoyable. Well acted and kept me entertained on a long drive. The one thing you can always guarantee with these products is quality and... Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2013 by Prospero77
This is a very good, enjoyable adaptation of Marlow and it's pleasant to be immersed in his wit and caustic humour for an hour. Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2012 by Love Books
Nobody writes like Chandler. There are too few books and I've read them all. However, to listen to this production was a delight and encourages me to read them all again. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2012 by Wilz
I haven't actually read this book yet, but I am looking forward to seeing how Parker manages to cope taking over the dialogue from another author.Published on 29 July 2012 by joybelle
Five stars for a really well produced CD version of the book started by Raymond Chandler and finished by Robert B Parker. Read morePublished on 19 July 2012 by ImReallyAnElf
This story isn't in the classic pantheon, I think. Philip Marlowe comes off as rather sour throughout, being extremely snippy with his new wife, and the story isn't particularly... Read morePublished on 6 July 2012 by elmsyrup