Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe To Be Resurrected In New Book

Philip Marlowe

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Award-winning novelist John Banville, who has written five crime novels under the pseudonym Benjamin Black, will revive Raymond Chandler's famous detective, Philip Marlowe, for a new adventure set to be released next year. 

Henry Holt will publish the book in 2013 under Banville's pen name. 

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Along with Marlowe, Banville will bring back policeman Bernie Olds, the gumshoe’s good friend. The book will have an original plot and take place in the 1940s. The setting will remain in Bay City – Chandler’s fictional stand-in for Santa Monica, California – and feature Chandler’s hallmark noir ambience.

Marlowe, the prototypical hardboiled detective, first appeared in The Big Sleep in 1939. The character was portrayed by Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep, released in 1946, though Elliot Gould also had a turn at the character (and a pretty good one, at that) in 1973's The Long Goodbye. Wikipedia has a good description that sums up the character: 

Underneath the wisecracking, hard drinking, tough private eye, Marlowe is quietly contemplative and philosophical and enjoys chess and poetry. While he is not afraid to risk physical harm, he does not dish out violence merely to settle scores. Morally upright, he is not fooled by the genre's usual femmes fatales, such as Carmen Sternwood in The Big Sleep.

So, is it really Marlowe without Chandler? How do you feel about authors resurrecting characters made famous by other authors? Discuss. 

Image of The Big Sleep (A Philip Marlowe Novel)
Author: Raymond Chandler
Price: $12.28
Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard (1988)
Binding: Paperback, 231 pages

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