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The Black Eyed Blonde: A Philip Marlowe Novel

Saturday 22 March 2014

1 Hour


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Benjamin Black brings Raymond Chandler’s iconic private eye Philip Marlowe back to life for a new adventure on the mean streets of 1950s Bay City, California. A young, beautiful and expensively dressed client walks into Chandler’s office and wants him to find her former lover, Nico Peterson. Chandler finds Peterson’s disappearance is just one of a series of baffling events and finds himself tangling with one of Bay City’s richest families.

Benjamin Black is the pen name of award-winning Irish writer John Banville. His novels have won numerous awards including the Allied Irish Banks fiction prize, the American-Irish Foundation award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the Guardian Fiction Prize. The Sea won the 2005 Booker Prize. Banville has written eight crime novels as Benjamin Black. Here he talks to FT Weekend books editor Lorien Kite.