Philip Marlowe, Raymond Chandler's legendary private eye, has been resurrected - in all his hard-living, wisecracking, endearingly wry glory - to take on a missing-person case. His client is a devastatingly beautiful blonde, a wealthy heiress searching for her former lover. Once Marlowe begins digging into the caper, bodies start dropping like flies, and the chain-smoking detective finds himself mixed up with some of the shadiest characters from the mean streets of 1950s Bay City, California. Taking on Marlowe is no easy task, but Benjamin Black, pseudonym for Booker Prize winner John Banville, is more than up to the challenge. He expertly nails both the irresistibly self-destructive protagonist and the hardboiled genre, and his stylish literary mastery elevates this work beyond simply an homage to an iconic sleuth. Even if you've never heard of Philip Marlowe, The Black-Eyed Blonde is a first-rate crime novel in its own right. (AG)
This title is part of our 2016 Mysteries Book a Month package.