Paperback - 1988
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Crime fiction master Raymond Chandler's final novel featuring Philip Marlowe, the "quintessential urban private eye" ( Los Angeles Times ).

In noir master Raymond Chandler's Playback , Philip Marlowe is hired by an influential lawyer he's never heard of to tail a gorgeous redhead, but then decides he'd rather help out the redhead. She's been acquitted of her alcoholic husband's murder, but her father-in-law prefers not to take the court's word for it.

"Chandler wrote like a slumming angel and invested the sun-blinded streets of Los Angeles with a romantic presence:" -- Ross Macdonald
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1988, c1986.
Edition: 1st Vintage Books ed. --
ISBN: 9780394757667
Branch Call Number: FIC Chand
Characteristics: 166 p.


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voisjoe1 Dec 25, 2013

“Playback” is the last and shortest novel completed by Chandler. Like all other Marlowe novels, the witty hardboiled dialog and the various relationships are far more important than the actual mystery solutions. One still would like a solution to each and every murder, but even if the causes seem phony, the wit keeps one satisfied. One of the greatest comebacks (in my words) was “I’ve got friends that could cut you down to size so much you’ll need a ladder to get into your shoes.” This may be the only novel in which Marlowe actually goes to bed with one of the women.

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