The Black-Eyed Blonde
by Benjamin Black
Departing from his sterling series featuring Dublin-based pathologist Quirke, the author recreates Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and sends him unraveling a mystery set in mid-20th Century Southern California. Chandler fans will rejoice but the plot is so clever, the characters so rich, the pervasive atmosphere so compelling and the hardboiled dialogue so entertaining that a reader need not be a Chandler fan to enjoy thoroughly. An engrossing read from first page to last.