The Second Murderer (Hardback)Denise Mina (author)
The author of Conviction and Rizzio takes on the formidable mantle of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe series with this sun-scorched LA noir that sees the iconic gumshoe on the trail of a missing heiress.
Shortlisted for the McIlvanney Prize 2023
It's mid-September, a heatwave has descended on the parched hills of LA and Private Detective Philip Marlowe is called to the Montgomery estate, an almost mythic place sitting high on top of Beverly Hills.
Wealthy twenty-two-year-old Chrissie Montgomery, set to inherit an enormous fortune, is missing. She's a walking target, ripe for someone to get their claws into. Her dying father, along with his sultry bottle blonde girlfriend, wants her found before that happens.
They've hired Anna Riorden, Marlowe's nemesis, too. The search takes them to the roughest neighbourhoods of LA through dive bars and Skid Row. And that's before he finds the body at The Brody Hotel. Who will get to her first, Marlowe, Anne, or the men chasing her fortune? And does she want to be found?
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 449 g
Dimensions: 241 x 164 x 27 mm
'Denise Mina is crime writing royalty.' - Val McDermid
'Denise Mina is the cream of the crop, an author who pushes the crime novel in new and exciting directions.' - Ian Rankin
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“Captures the essence of Chandler's Philip Marlowe”
Wow, this is fun! Denise Mina has picked up the Marlowe gauntlet and run with it all the way. She piles on the wisecracking, sharp similes of Chandler, manages to set the mood perfectly in the original’s classic style... More
“vivid characters and plenty of humour”
I have no memory of Philip Marlowe so came to this character with no preconceptions. I have read many of Denise Mina's previous books though.
The writing was clever, the descriptions of the characters painted a... More
4.5 rounded up
Philip Marlowe is mulling over the Pascoe Pete case and feels disquiet, it’s just too neat and tidy. A phone call takes him out of his reverie, his presence is requested at Montgomery Mansions set... More
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