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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,468 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert B. Parker Narrator: Elliott Gould Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN:
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Marlowe is back...and he's married to a rich, beautiful society lady who wants him to settle down in the posh desert community of Poodle Springs. Marlowe may have married rich, but old habits die hard: he's hired to recover a gambling debt and soon finds himself in a case involving bigamy, pornography, and murder.

The first four chapters of this final Marlowe mystery were written by noir master Raymond Chandler at the end of his life. Robert B. Parker was chosen by Chandler's estate to complete his last work, and the result is a true classic for Chandler aficionados and mystery fans alike. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan Leonard | 2/19/2014

    " I was skeptical about this at first, being that it was posthumously released and that it was an unfinished manuscript completed by another author. But it is a fine end to the Philip Marlowe stories. You should not read this unless you have already read at very least the previous two Chandler novels, The Long Goodbye and Playback, in that order. They make up a sort of trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken French | 2/11/2014

    " Chandler's final, unfinished novel, ably completed by Parker. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill Carswell | 2/2/2014

    " Raymond Chandler and Philip Marlowe just aren't the same when someone else is writing the books... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 1/23/2014

    " By far the funniest of Raymond Chandler's work the master of Noir can also have his wise cracking detective deliver real knee slappers. Best writer ever at delivering a fully imagined atmosphere. I'm always right there with him, day, month, year, time of day weather. place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elena | 1/20/2014

    " It's ok. More gris than noir. Not the best Chandler I've ever read, and probably not the best Parker, either. But not a bad story for fans of LA mildish noir. Great for the metro. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dennis | 1/7/2014

    " It was OK. I guess I wanted another Marlow book so bad, I could only hope. It was a story you could see why Chandler shelved it. Anyway it was a fast read and fun to be back with Marlow for a little while. I guess I will re-read the other books again, they are that good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhod | 1/1/2014

    " Pretty good story picked up by Parker writing in the Chandler style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 11/25/2013

    " Was started by Chandler, but finished by someone else after he died. Does not live up to the rest of Chandler's books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE | 11/17/2013

    " I hunger for writing like this so much that I even read one of these dubious post-mortem constructions. Actually, I think Parker's writing something like this is an interesting challenge. Maybe the next step is to find DNA from Chandler & to base a whole novel & a movie on that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ily Goyanes | 11/12/2013

    " I liked it, but disagree that it feels like authentic Marlowe -- as much as I LOVE Robert Parker. Good effort though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Justus | 6/12/2013

    " Extremely mediocre. It was not a horrible book, but it did not have the same energy and power as a full Chandler novel. You can read it if you'd like, but don't expect a classic. Good enough for passing the time I guess... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Small Creek | 11/4/2012

    " Nice, quick read that, unfortunately, felt empty and unfulfilling after the fact. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen Joan | 9/10/2012

    " The chapters by Chandler are wonderful...the rest is a "nice try". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/6/2012

    " If you're a Raymond Chandler fan and read all of the other novels, you're got to read this one. Just have fun with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Khalid Amin | 3/16/2011

    " a novel completed by robert parker .. after chandler passed away..not as good .. or even as near to chandler's style..but not bad if you read it as a stand alone novel . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/3/2011

    " This unfinished book by Raymond Chandler was completed by Robert Parker after Chandler's death in 1959. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristian | 12/9/2010

    " Pretty good. I wasn't expecting much, but it looks like Robert B Parker did a much better job at being Chandler than Chandler himself in Playback. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 10/18/2010

    " Personally I think you can tell where Parker picks up the story, but he's a good match for Chandler's style and sensibility -- and this is a pretty decent meld. And probably the most seamless finishing up of a half-started work that I've seen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick O'Neil | 6/20/2010

    " Ok, so the first four chapters Raymond Chandler wrote before he died, and then years later Robert B. Parker wrote the rest of the book? Huh, no wonder it was mediocre and slightly more unbelievable than Chandler's usual odd plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherry | 3/12/2010

    " I couldn't tell where Chandler ended and Parker began. Plus, it was a good story. Very typical Parker. I could picture Humphrey Bogart in every work that Marlowe uttered. Just a fast, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 12/27/2009

    " Chandler couldn't have written it better. Terrific. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darrell | 8/27/2009

    " I picked this up because of the genre. I thought I would like it, but it was a bit dirty for my tastes. Still, Parker does a great job of finishing what Chandler started. "

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About the Author
Robert B. Parker recipient of the Grand Master Edgar Award, is a pillar of American detective fiction. He is the author of more than fifty books for adults, including the New York Times bestselling Spenser and Jesse Stone novels. The Boxer and the Spy is his second book for young readers. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, he and his wife, Joan, currently live in Cambridge, where Mr. Parker has on more than one occasion stepped into the boxing ring–but just for the fun of it.