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Poodle Springs Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Poodle Springs

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?
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Murder of certain profession?    -   "All in the family" murder Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   seduction/blackmail Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   crazed lover/family member

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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