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The Black-Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel

 
 
Author
Benjamin Black.
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Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.6 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781447236689
Pages/Publication Date 291/2014
Daedalus Item Code 54838
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Is it enough that Benjamin Black is actually Man Booker Prize and Irish PEN Award winner John Banville, and that as Black he has created the singular pathologist-sleuth Quirke? Apparently not, as he also seems to be able to don Raymond Chandler's mantle and give us a new Philip Marlowe thriller that is spot-on. In 1950s Los Angeles, private detective Philip Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. Then a new client arrives—young, beautiful, expensively dressed, Clare Cavendish wants Marlowe to find her former lover, a man named Nico Peterson. Soon Marlowe is not only under the spell of the black-eyed blonde, he's also tangling with one of the city's richest families, and developing a singular appreciation for how far they will go to protect their fortune.

"Somewhere Raymond Chandler is smiling, because this is a beautifully rendered hardboiled novel that echoes Chandler's melancholy at perfect pitch. The story is great, but what amazed me is how John Banville caught the cumulative effect Chandler's prose had on readers. It's hard to quantify, but it's also what separated the Marlowe novels from the general run of noir (which included some damn fine novelists, like David Goodis and Jim Thompson).... I loved this book. It was like having an old friend, one you assumed was dead, walk into the room."—Stephen King

 
 
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