Only to sleep : a Philip Marlowe novel / Lawrence Osborne.

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      First U.S. edition.
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      Summary: "Lawrence Osborne brings one of literature's most enduring detectives back to life -- as Private Investigator Philip Marlowe returns for one last adventure. The year is 1988. The place, Baja California. And Philip Marlowe -- now in his seventy-second year -- is living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel. Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. When in saunter two men dressed like undertakers, with a case that has his name written all over it. For Marlowe, this is his last roll of the dice, his swan song. His mission is to investigate the death of Donald Zinn -- supposedly drowned off his yacht, and leaving behind a much younger and now very rich wife. But is Zinn actually alive? Are the pair living off the spoils? Set between the border and badlands of Mexico and California, Lawrence Osborne's resurrection of the iconic Marlowe is an unforgettable addition to the Raymond Chandler canon"-- Provided by publisher.
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      OSBORNE, L. Only to sleep : a Philip Marlowe novel. [s. l.]: Hogarth, 2018. ISBN 9781524759612. Disponível em: Acesso em: 28 jan. 2020.
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      Osborne L. Only to Sleep : A Philip Marlowe Novel. Hogarth; 2018. Accessed January 28, 2020.
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      Osborne, Lawrence. 2018. Only to Sleep : A Philip Marlowe Novel. Hogarth.
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      Osborne, L. (2018) Only to sleep : a Philip Marlowe novel. Hogarth. Available at: (Accessed: 28 January 2020).
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Booklist Reviews 2018 July #1

Osborne is the third writer to have resurrected Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe (following Robert B. Parker and Benjamin Black), and his effort may be the best of the lot. Wisely electing not to re-create Chandler's iconic PI in his salad days, nor to imitate the author's simile-strewn style, Osborne gives us a retired Marlowe, 72 years old and living in Baja California ("a good place for an old man") in the late 1980s; things change when two life-insurance agents turn up looking to hire Marlowe to investigate whether one Donald Zinn really drowned in Mexico as reported. Why Marlowe? Someone told the agents that, retired or no, he was "the best man money couldn't buy." So Marlowe, like Tennyson's Ulysses, thinks he might have a go at one more round of striving and seeking. Naturally, what he finds in Mexico is a muddle (a true Chandlerian plot, beguiling in its absurd inexplicability) yet offering the detective plenty of opportunity to muse on the bitter pill of aging. Osborne's real triumph here is to create a new style for the septuagenarian Marlowe that seems absolutely right, less florid but even more driven by mordant wit. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 May #3

Set in 1988, this successful attempt to channel the spirit of Raymond Chandler from Osborne (Beautiful Animals) finds 72-year-old Philip Marlowe living a quiet life in Baja California "after a low near-decade of sloth and decay and Ronald Reagan." One day, two representatives of the Pacific Mutual insurance company call on Marlowe. Donald Zinn, a developer and a Pacific Mutual client, has drowned, apparently accidentally, off the coast of the Mexican state of Michoacán. The company is hoping that it can reduce its financial exposure if Marlowe finds evidence that Zinn, who was heavily in debt, took his own life or was involved in criminal activities. The PI agrees to look into the matter, starting with a visit to the resort that Zinn and his widow had been running. While the plot follows familiar paths, Osborne has mastered Chandler's gift for metaphor (the Pacific Life reps "bared the teeth of friendly hyenas who have done their killing for the day") and deepens Marlowe's psyche as he responds to "a sad summons from the depths of own wasted past." This is the perfect companion volume to The Annotated Big Sleep (reviewed on p. 46). Agent: Adam Eaglin, Cheney Agency. (July)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.