The Black-Eyed Blonde (2014) Raymond Chandler could write some mean prose, the kind that hits like a highball and can knock you off your feet even when you're sitting… 2014-03-04 Mystery and Thriller Henry Holt & Company
Book Review

The Black-Eyed Blonde (2014)

THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE Benjamin Black
THE BLACK-EYED BLONDE Benjamin Black
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Mar 04, 2014; Writer: Benjamin Black; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Raymond Chandler could write some mean prose, the kind that hits like a highball and can knock you off your feet even when you're sitting down. Imitations always run the risk of coming off as a bad parody — like, say, that last sentence. But Black (a.k.a. novelist John Banville) has revived Chandler's legendary PI Philip Marlowe in a new adventure that reads almost as well as the real thing. A perfume heiress hires the shamus to investigate the disappearance of her lover, and the mystery soon opens up under him like a sinkhole. It's not just literary ventriloquism: Black manages to nail not only Marlowe's voice, but his soul. A-

Originally posted Mar 05, 2014 Published in issue #1302 Mar 14, 2014 Order article reprints