Raymond Chandler created the private eye character of Phillip Marlowe. Before his death, he had written a few chapters of this book, once again starring Phillip Marlowe. Robert B. Parker, known for his Spencer novels, picked up the story and played out what Chandler started. Marlowe has gotten married to a rich girl, but still has to be who he is, a detective. He and his wife move to Poodle Springs, an L.A. suburb. Soon after his arrival, he is hired to chase down a blackmailer. Soon after he starts detecting, a girl ends up dead in his client's office. The client claims he didn't do it and Marlowe believes him. He starts to follow other leads and soon the man that was blackmailing his client turns up dead too. Suspicion is thrown back on his client. And he can't find his client either. Who really did it? Is his client innocent as he claims? Or is it someone from his client's past life when he photographed Hollywood starlets?
This report prepared by BethG