The Second Murderer: A Philip Marlowe Novel


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Mulholland Books
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6.1 X 9.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Denise Mina is the author of sixteen novels, including the Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club pick Conviction and its sequel Confidence, as well as The Less Dead, The Long Drop--winner of the 2017 McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year--and the Garnethill trilogy, the first installment of which won the John Creasey Memorial Award for best first crime novel, among others. Mina has twice received the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. She lives in Glasgow.


"Perfectly rendered . . . . Mina has the world-weary, florid voice of Chandler's P.I. down pat. The tropes, the mise-en-scène, the unforgettable characters, the convoluted, Chandler-esque plot--they're all here, with Mina's creative, timely-but-not-anachronistic touches. Fans of the original books (and movies) starring Marlowe will appreciate his return; those who like re-creations of classics, such as the HBO Perry Mason series starring Matthew Rhys and Juliet Rylance, will enjoy this outing."--Library Journal (starred review)
"Terrific . . . On top of nailing Chandler's atmospherics, Mina delivers a truly surprising plot. Noir fans will hope Mina returns to the mean streets of L.A. again soon."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"What a pleasure to read my beloved Philip Marlowe as imagined by one of my favorite working crime writers. Denise Mina has the vision, wit, and soul to bring Marlowe and the Los Angeles of our noir dreams glimmering darkly to life."
--Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay
"A pitch perfect, cinematic homage to the master of noir crime fiction, Raymond Chandler, and his timeless hero, Philip Marlowe. Using whip-smart dialogue, and lush, sensual descriptions of the City of Angels, from Skid Row to the mansions of Beverly Hills, Mina's Marlowe faces danger at every turn with wit, compassion, and bourbon-proof smarts. I loved this book!"--Kathleen Kent, author of The Dime and Black Wolf
"Playful in its early stages, as Mina cheekily piles on Marlowe's trademark similes . . . Female-forward in all sorts of ways--quite a change of pace for the legendary gumshoe."--Kirkus Reviews
"Denise Mina is an even better writer than Raymond Chandler. She's also a one-of-a-kind storyteller. I'll leave it at that."--James Patterson
"There are scenes in which the cadences and worldview and those tricky similes are spot on. . . . What's most striking is Mina's updating of Marlowe's cultural attitudes . . . as his acceptance of Anne Riordan as a fellow professional suggests, this Marlowe recognizes that women can be more than just dangerous dames or helpless frails."--The Washington Post
"Mina has obviously made a close study of Chandler's particular brand of poetics, while still bringing her own enviable style to the story . . . Mina also brings a critical eye to Marlowe in the best sense possible: understanding him in his core. His weaknesses are on display, but so is the deep strain of romanticism underpinning this seemingly immortal literary character."--CrimeReads