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Poodle Springs Paperback – 3 Aug 2010

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  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group; Reprint edition (3 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425239349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425239346
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.2 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 660,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.


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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is a novel mostly written by Robert Parker, drawing on four chapters started by Raymond Chandler at the end of his life. If you are looking for a great Marlowe story done just like the early ones, you will be disappointed. If you are glad to have one more chance to be with Marlowe, I think you will be pleased with the experience.
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.
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By IWFIcon VINE VOICE on 7 Dec. 2011
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This review concerns the one disc audio play starring Toby Stephens.

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.
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"Poodle Springs" (on audio CD) is exactly what you would expect of a Philip Marlowe story from Raymond Chandler (who started it) and Robert B. Parker (who finished it). The voice is the typical Philip Marlowe voice (read by Toby Stephens), the story is the typical Philip Marlowe story. It's easy to visualise the story throughout, which is always a sign of a well-written and well-read story. This could easily be adapted for television (if it hasn't already been).

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.
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As a novel, Poodle Springs is rather unsatisfactory, the join where the four chapters Raymond Chandler managed to finished before his death end and the remainder where Robert B. Parker took up his pen three decades later all too easily detectable as the latter's attempt to pastiche Chandler's style gave way to his own distinctive voice. As a radio adaptation it works rather better because, with much of the prose stripped away aside from Philip Marlowe's narration, it's all about the plot. That's not always a good thing in a one hour adaptation of a novel, with Robin Wright's adaptation often assuming a breakneck pacing that barely allows time for the characters to catch their breath and tell us a little about themselves. Thus Marlowe's problems adjusting to being one of the idle rich having married an heiress are no longer an overriding theme that helps explain his more idealistically romantic notions towards the bigamist he's been hired to track down and the first wife who is the genuine love of the latter's life. It also tends to turn some of the supporting characters into ciphers - thankfully for the most part well acted ones - but there's enough blackmail, betrayal, deceit, lies, violence and mental instability in its tale of gambling debts, false identities and secret lives to hold the attention, and Toby Stephens makes for a very impressive Marlowe who never feels like a pastiche or an imitation even if the few action scenes are a tad clumsy. Doubling the running time might have given this one a bit more depth, but in a way it's a satisfying return to pulp fiction's radio days of the 40s and 50s that works surprisingly well on its own terms.
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By Stueeh Warburton VINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2011
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This 1 hour CD gets a few people bumped off before it's over! Philip Marlowe's cool reply to many questions and situations is "uh hu" - so listen out for these! He's been married to a rich heiress for nearly a month and on the marriage stakes he is a prize berk! His wife is trying to make a go of it -but Marlowe just wants to get back to solving crimes. You have to ask yourself why he got married -and his wife tries to help him with solving the crimes -he just does not know how lucky he is.
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!
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