Under the pen name of Benjamin Black, John Banville is also a distinguished writer of detective fiction, including the Quirke series, the first three books of which were televised by the BBC, and The Black-Eyed Blonde, a Philip Marlowe
novel commissioned by the Raymond Chandler Estate.
1888: Crime novelist Raymond Chandler - creator of Philip Marlowe
- was born in Chicago.
Neeson is set to play private detective Philip Marlowe
in a film being adapted from Banville's novel The Black-Eyed Blonde.
In the 1946 film The Big Sleep, based on the Raymond Chandler mystery of the same name, Carmen--the promiscuous, drug-addicted younger sister of Lauren BacalPs character--sizes up Philip Marlowe
, played by Humphrey Bogart, and asks him, "What are you, a prizefighter?" Bogart responds, "No, I'm a shamus.': "What's a shamus?" she inquires.
"Osborne, an accomplished writer of fiction and nonfiction, has been asked to imagine a new case for Philip Marlowe
and--have a smell from the barrel, all you gunsels and able grables--it crackles....
As much as knowledge of Philip Marlowe
enhances the pleasure, it is not necessary.
Chandler was a British-American novelist and screenwriter who wrote detective stories featuring the Los Angeles private eye Philip Marlowe
. I wasn't necessarily a fan of what they called his style, "hardboiled, noir fiction," but I kept the book because of one sentence.
Crime writer Raymond Chandler, who created the archetypal private eye Philip Marlowe
, wrote: "Down these mean streets a man must go." Scots authors Stuart MacBride, Neil Broadfoot and Malcolm Mackay have followed in those often bloody footsteps - focussing on the darker side of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, respectively.
John Banville, the Irish author here writing under his pen name of Benjamin Black, has written a book certain to give exquisite pleasure to the many fans of Raymond Chandler and his creation, LA private detective Philip Marlowe
with a reputation as a "thinking man's detective.".
At the film's center is Doc Sportello, a chronic pot smoker who might be the most inventive shaggy-dog private investigator since Elliott Gould's Philip Marlowe
in "The Long Goodbye," which updated Raymond Chandler to 70s L.A., the period also explored in "Vice."
The "Phillip Merlot, Breaking Wind '' production is actually taken from an radio episode from the Golden Age of radio, based on the character of Raymond Chandler's hard-bitten private detective Philip Marlowe
. The episode, "The Red Wind,'' has the Santa Ana winds driving everyone crazy.