Fleurieu Living Magazine

Winter book reviews

Only to Sleep

by Lawrence Osborne

Published by Hogarth (an imprint of Vintage)

ISBN 9781781090572

$27.99

Raymond Chandler’s legacy is precious and so it’s natural that invitations to write a Philip Marlowe novel should be rare. Burdened by the possibility of hair-trigger critique and a weighty responsibility to both past and present, Lawrence Osborne’s reincarnation of Chandler’s most famous character vindicates the honour bestowed upon him. It is 1988 and Marlowe is in his early seventies, slowly running down in Baja ‘after a low near-decade of sloth and decay and Ronald Reagan.’

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