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This review is from: The Black Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel (Philip Marlowe Series Book 10) (Kindle Edition)
To take on Chandler you have to accept the conventions he set, otherwise the reader is infuriatingly reminded on every other page that this is NOT Chandler. Black/Banville has adopted some of Chandler's mindset, but not all; thus Marlowe having sex with Clare Cavendish really doesn't work because Chandler would never have contemplated writing it that way.
There are occasional breaches of 'period' either in the choice of word - he wouldn't have given the waitress five dollars, he'd have given her a fin - or in his descriptive passages. On the other hand, some of his phraseology is wonderfully in tune with Chandler and hits the bell beautifully. Most of all, though, the plot lacks Chandler's labyrinthine, layered, complexity - it's a bit too straight-down-the-road.
The trouble with Chandler is his genius. Black/Banville is good, some might say great, at donning his master's overcoat. But the genius eludes him.
Maybe next time.