Monday, August 13, 2012

Marlowe's Ghost: John Banville To Revive Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler's Classic Private Eye Character

David L. Ulin at the Los Angeles Times wrote a piece on the news that author John Banville plans to write a continuation novel about Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler's great private detective character.

Call me dubious. When Henry Holt announced Tuesday that it would be reviving Raymond Chandler’s detective hero Philip Marlowe— 54 years after the author’s final Marlowe novel, “Playback” — I was (to put it mildly) underwhelmed.
Partly, that’s because the idea isn’t new: Robert B. Parker did it 20-some years ago, first with “Poodle Springs,” a novel Chandler started before his death in 1959, and then with “Perchance to Dream,” a sequel to “The Big Sleep.” If the notion of writing a sequel to the first novel in a series seems a bit redundant, then you’re beginning to see the source of my skepticism.
You can read the rest of the piece via the below link:
Note: The above photo shows actor James Garner as Philip Marlowe in the 1969 film Marlowe.   

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