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The Sternwood family, immortalized in Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep, is in trouble again. Lovely Vivian's psychotic sister, Carmen, has disappeared from the sanitarium, and Vivian herself has once again fallen into the clutches of the shady underworld character Eddie Mars.Enter Philip Marlowe, the original tough-but-tender private eye, resurrected by Robert B. Parker, creator of his own phenomenally popular Spenser mystery series. He saved the Sternwoods once before. The question is: Can he do it again?
©1991 Robert B. Parker; (P)2009 Phoenix
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Critic Reviews

"Parker's effort goes beyond pastiche: he uses flashbacks from The Big Sleep daringly and seamlessly, and his terse style (a cop asks for the time of death: 'Any idea when yet?') is flawlessly in Chandler's footsteps. This is dazzling." (Publishers Weekly)
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By thomas on 10-21-11

PARKER CHANNELING CHANDLER

THE MAN WHO TURNED THE HARD BOILED PRIVATE EYE INTO A SENSITIVE MAN OF THE MODREN AGE, STEPS BACK A FEW DECADES AND CHANNELS THE KING OF ALL PRIVATE EYE FICTION, NONE OTHER THAN RAYMOND CHANDLER HIMSELF. AND DOES A DAMN FINE JOB OF IT TOO. THIS IS CLASSIC STUFF FULL OF TOUGH GUY TALK AND ATMOSPHERE, BROUGHT TO LIFE BY ELLIOT GOULD'S DEAD PAN PERFORMANCE AS THE ARCHETYPICAL MARLOW. THE SEEDY UNDERBELLY OF L.A. NEVER SOUNDED SO GOOD AS THIS FAST GEM BY ONE (OR IS THAT TWO) OF THE ICONS OF THE GENRE.

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By Michael Kitto on 11-17-12

Not Unadbridged

While this was only an average sequel, the major issue I've got with this book is the fact that I brought this thinking it was unabridged as advertised but turns out it is abridged.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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