The Goodbye Coast: A Philip Marlowe Novel

Hachette Audio. Feb. 2022. 12:01 hrs. ISBN 9781549101533. $25.98. M
Ide, author of the acclaimed “IQ” mysteries, gives crime fiction buffs a modern Philip Marlowe with all of the original’s determination, attitude, and charm, plus some 21st-century angst. Raymond Chandler’s iconic PI reimagined has a decade of investigative experience but still harbors anger toward his father. Emmett, once a legend in the LAPD, is a grieving alcoholic on permanent leave. Marlowe’s straightforward missing-persons case—diva mother, dead father, runaway teenager—turns messy when he rescues the girl from a shooter but has no safe house better than Emmett’s. Teen meets curmudgeon, and playfully performed bickering ensues. The narration shines here. Adam voices Marlowe with a touch of Hollywood deadpan, though never Bogarts it. This nostalgic glow cools as L.A.’s criminal underground surfaces leads, and threats. Armenian gangbangers, Russian gangsters, a British woman as Client B, and a chorus of diverse Angelenos speak with convincing, consistent accents reflecting many backgrounds, bringing the Golden Age up to now. As the pressure rises, Adam’s narration intensifies.
VERDICT Recommended for all public libraries. Listeners will be gripped till the last loose end is tied up and eager to follow should Ide bring Marlowe back again.
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