The Immortal Game: A Retrospective"Just how good can a work of pastiche be?" is the question asked by Michael Slind on his blog Only Detect about my first novel, The Immortal Game.
For those who aren't familiar with the term, Wikipedia defines pastiche as "a literary technique employing a generally light-hearted tongue-in-cheek imitation of another's style; although jocular, it is usually respectful."
Michael is right: The Immortal Game is a pastiche of Raymond Chandler's work--with a dash of Dashiell Hammett thrown in.
Read his very generous answer to the question of how good it can be here.