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The Goodbye Coast: A Philip Marlowe Novel

In this colorful reinvention of a classic, Philip Marlowe finds himself tangled in two missing persons cases; “Ide has chiseled off the rust while keeping the soul of one of American fiction’s icons.” (Dennis Lehane)

The seductive and relentless figure of Raymond Chandler’s detective, Philip Marlowe, is vividly reimagined in present-day Los Angeles. Here is a city of scheming Malibu actresses, ruthless gang members, virulent inequality and washed-out police. Acclaimed and award-winning novelist Joe Ide imagines a Marlowe very much of our time: he’s a quiet, lonely, and remarkably capable and confident private detective, though he lives beneath the shadow of his father, a once-decorated LAPD homicide detective, famous throughout the city, who’s given in to drink after the death of Marlowe’s mother.
Marlowe, against his better judgment, accepts two missing person cases --- the first, a daughter of a faded, tyrannical Hollywood starlet; the second, a British child stolen from his mother by his father. At the center of THE GOODBYE COAST is Marlowe’s troubled and confounding relationship with his father, a son who despises yet respects his dad, and a dad who’s unable to hide his bitter disappointment with his grown boy. 

Steeped in the richly detailed ethnic neighborhoods of modern LA, Ide’s THE GOODBYE COAST is a bold recreation that is viciously funny, ingeniously plotted and surprisingly tender.

Audiobook available, read by Vikas Adam

The Goodbye Coast: A Philip Marlowe Novel
by Joe Ide

  • Publication Date: February 1, 2022
  • Genres: Fiction, Hard-boiled Mystery, Mystery
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books
  • ISBN-10: 0316459275
  • ISBN-13: 9780316459273