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Only to Sleep (Philip Marlowe)


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Wealthy dead American. Beautiful young widow. This case has PI Philip Marlowe's name written all over it. Is it enough to bring him back for one last adventure?

About the Author

Lawrence Osborne was born in England but has travelled and lived all over the world. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Forgiven, The Ballad of a Small Player, Hunters in the Dark and Beautiful Animals. In 2017, he joined John Banville in being asked by the Raymond Chandler Estate to write a new Philip Marlowe novel, Only to Sleep, which also draws on his time living and working as a reporter on the Mexican border in 1990. His non-fiction includes travelogues and essay collections as well as the drinking odyssey The Wet and the Dry. He currently lives in Bangkok.


"A brilliant Raymond Chandler continuation novel with an ageing Philip Marlowe. Osborne and Chandler are a perfect match" -- William Boyd * Guardian *
"It's a joy to see Philip Marlowe lured back for one last job by the gleefully unsentimental Lawrence Osborne... If you like noir, pour yourself something cool and enjoy one final dark night of the soul" -- Joseph Knox, author of Sirens
"Osborne succeeds brilliantly... captures the dreamlike quality of the original Marlowe novels" -- Bruce deSilva * Daily Mail *
"An exhilarating of our finest writers" -- Francesca Angelini * Sunday Times *
"Superb... Osborne's dialogue and description echo Chandler's wit and world-weariness with uncanny skill" -- Mark Sanderson * Evening Standard *

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