Taking Names: Banville to pen new Philip Marlowe novel

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Philip Marlowe soon will be back on the case.

The sleuth of such classic Raymond Chandler novels as “The Big Sleep” and “The Long Goodbye” will return in a new novel by John Banville.

Henry Holt and Co. announced Tuesday that the book, currently untitled, is scheduled for release next year, according to the Associated Press. It has been authorized by the estate of Chandler, who died in 1959, and will be set in Marlowe’s fictional Bay City.

Mr. Banville, 66, is an Irish author and Man Booker Prize winner. He will write under the pen name Benjamin Black, which he has used for previous crime novels. His current Benjamin Black novel, “Vengeance,” came out Tuesday.

Other writers who have featured Marlowe include Robert B. Parker, Sara Peretsky and Max Allan Collins.

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