Originally Posted by Iznogood
How could I forget about Philip Marlowe
Almost all the scenes in Carr's "recap" is present in the Marlowe novels. Substitute "crystal flask" for "dubloon" and you have "The High Window". And the murders in all the apartmenthouses are also present in a Marlowe-novel, but I forget which.
As for the others you mention, I must admit that they are unknown to me. Are they good reading material?
The Spenser books are wonderful! Long series best read in order to fully appreciate all the characters that get added along the way, and their relationships towards each other. The others were, as far as I know, only TV series.