The first time Marlowe sets eyes on Terry Lennox, he is lying drunk in the passenger seat of a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith. The next time, he's on Skid Row. After they share a few Gimlets, Marlowe thinks he seems like a nice guy, but he's had a hard life, his white hair and scarred face testify to that. Or could it be marriage to Sylvia Lennox that has turned him prematurely grey? Although beautiful and rich, she plays the field in a big way.
Lennox says he has the promise of a job in Las Vegas, and Marlowe helps him out with the cost of the ticket. Two weeks later, he gets the money back, with a note from Lennox saying he is starting a second honeymoon with Sylvia.
But the honeymoon turns sour, the dame ends up dead and Lennox turns up on Marlowe's doorstep in big trouble. He needs to get away in a hurry, and against his better judgement Marlowe agrees to take him to Tijuana. Soon after, the cops arrive, and Marlowe finds himself cooling his heels in the can, suspected of helping Sylvia's killer escape. And that's not the end of his problems, not by a long shot.
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This is an excellent adaptation of the novel. The story is pure 'boys own' material and the acting is exemplary. If you buy this audio book you are in danger of not leaving your car until it is complete and you may not even remember the route taken.
Tell us about yourself! I love my audiobooks, and listen to them all the time, at work and home. Crime dramas and British comedy are best.
ed bishop and peter marinker really excelled themselves in this production of chandler's story. this is an unpleasant listen, because some of the characters are truly repellent and without any redeeming features; but as always, this is a superb production: strong voices, great sound effects and of course, marvellous plotting. not a comfortable listen, but a joy nonetheless.
"Fun Hardboiled Tale"
Originally a radio broadcast, this adaptation of Chandler's The Long Goodbye was full of fun sound effects that really took me back to an earlier era. Some great voicework on this one and a classic taut tale.
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