School Days (Spenser, #33)
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School Days (Spenser #33)

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The celebrated series continues as a troubled teenager accused of a horrific crime draws Spenser into one of the most desperate cases of his career.
Hardcover, Large Print, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Thorndike Press (first published 2005)
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Spenser gets hired by the grandmother of a teenager accused of being one of two kids who went on a shooting spree in their high school and killed several of the students and teachers. The grandmother is convinced that he is innocent despite being caught at the scene and giving a confession to the police. When Spenser starts investigating he finds that everyone involved, even the kid’s parents and his lawyer, just want to get him put in prison as soon as possible.

I didn’t remember a lot about thi...more
Lily Ellsworth does not believe that her grandson Jared Clark is guilty of the school shooting, despite the evidence and his confession. She is a grand old dame who has money to hire the best. She chooses to hire Spenser.

Spenser is not entirely convinced of Jared's innocence but, during the investigation, he runs into police, school officials, and even the boy's parents who all seem to want Spenser to stop looking into the shooting and leave things alone. Spenser is determined to get to the bott...more
I just choose this book from the list of 30-odd "Spenser" books by Robert B. Parker. I remember reading them 20 years ago when I did a lot more airplane travel, before laptops and ipods and cell phones.

I also remember moving quickly past Parker to the grittier Elmore Leonard. Spenser was too damn perfect. His sidekick Hawk is able to leap tall building in a single bound, and both of them can beat anyone in a fight. His girlfriend is perfect. Their stupid dog, Pearl, is perfect. It was just too...more
June Ahern
Robert Parker is an entertaining author, and that's why his books continue to sell. As one reviewer noted, the stories are all the same, predictable - except for the murdered & victims, and town setting. True, but it's for Spencer (PI) and Jesse Stone (small town chief of police) (the main detective/sleuths) we, Parker's fans)come back for more. The books are easy reads and perfect for a lazy day, before sleep (don't even have to figure anything out) and/or a plane ride. Pick one up. Enjoy....more
School shootings are, unfortunately, happening more and more every day. A shooting in the small town of Dowling, Massachusetts brings Spenser to find out if the teenagers that did it: Jared Clark and Wendell Grant--had really done it and for what reason. Apparently Jared Clark's Grandmother doesn't believe that her grandchild really did it, and she needs Spenser to find out the truth, even though it looks like an open-and-shut case...but the more Spenser gives, the more things aren't as they see...more
Yet another Robert B Parker book and another character to explore to go along with Jesse Stone and Sunny Randall, and like those two Spenser is in the same mould. He is a private investigator and has an errant spouse in Susan but like, Jenn and Richie they still feature in the lives of their other halves, can’t live with them can’t live without them. But Spenser has been called to investigate one of two boy who blew a fuse and shot to death a number of students and teachers at a local school, Do...more
For me, Robert B. Parker is one of the best writers to read when you're on a plane, with plenty of time and not so much energy. This is one of his better, late "Spencer" novels, with a topical, important subject. It is also helped, in my opinion, that two of the series staple supporting characters, Spencer's love interest Susan and assistant Hawk, barely appear in this. That makes for less "going through the motions" and opens up the novel to what I like, Spencer's tough guy persona, his one-lin...more
At last, a Parker novel that's more about actual detective work than displaying one's level of male hormones, well.. almost..

This time, Spenser is hired to investigate a Columbine-like shooting by the grandmother of one of the shooters. Though he is in custody and has confessed to having a part in the crime, she doesn't think he is guitly and wantsSpenser to prove it.

Spenser sets about in his usual break-all-the rules manner and soon has everybody in the whole town pretty much ticked off at hi...more
Well for a change it seems mr. Parker does write the occasional who-dunnit this this it is more of a why-dunnit.
The subject of the novel could not be more current, two teenagers shoot up a school. One of the teenagers dissappears and the other one surrenders. After that he kind of points out the other kid and he too gets arrested and admits to his deeds.
Enter the grandmother of the second teen who wants to hire Spenser to prove her grandson was innocent. Spenser sets out to do so but in the proc...more
SCHOOL DAYS (Private Investigator-Massachusetts-Cont) – VG
Parker, Robert – 34th in series
Putnam, 2005 – Hardcover
Wealthy Lily Ellsworth hires Spencer to uncover the innocence of her grandson, Jared. It's not going to be easy as he has confessed two being one of two boys responsible for killing seven people in a school shooting. As Spencer becomes involved in the investigation, he feels there's something missing and no one has asked why Jered might have done this.
*** Once again, Parker demonstrat...more
I've only read a few Spenser novels before this one. I enjoy Spenser as a character and his wit. This book was interesting in that Spenser is not particularly concerned with if his client's grandson did indeed participate in the school shooting (it seems pretty obvious that he did), but is driven by the question of why it occurred. The novel takes some twists and turns along the way to the final outcome.
Another solid outing with tough Boston private eye Spenser. The formula is a little different the some of the others I had read. This time our favorite PI has been hired to look into a spree shooting at a private school. Two teenagers have been arrested for the carnage and Spenser has been hired by one of the accused's grandmother to prove his innocence. Unlike some of the other books, Susan is out of town at a conference and with the exeception of a few phone calls, she is not in the book at al...more
A throwback to the early days of 'Spenser'

This edition of Spenser reminded me of the early days of the series - the days before Spenser would assemble a gigantic posse of bad guys and policemen (ie, Potshot) in order to get the job done. Thankfully, this one is also basically Susan Silverman-free (not that I mind Susan, it's all of the repeated conversations about their relationship - it just gets old!)

Unfortunately, School Days is also Hawk-free, so the experienced reader of Spenser books will...more
What can you say about a writer who can conjure up the likes of Spenser as well as Hawk. Their repartee is the hook and the plots and additional characters reel you in. Anyone who has lived in Boston will particularly enjoy the settings and characters. I am trying to finish up reading every single one of the Spenser series. Almost done!
I came across this in my free copies bin at the library and found it full of snappy clever dialogue and plenty of fun and mild suspense. Part of the Spenser series, I believe this author may have created the Spenser for Hire television show from many years ago. In any event, this Spenser is a very likeable smart aleck in a committed relationship (how refreshing) who helps the cops solve crime in Boston. I love Spenser as a character; he doesn't take himself too seriously, he has scruples and int...more
I never intended to read this entire book, honestly I just want to sample a few books from authors in the mystery genre to understand if I like the genre or if I like only Kathy Reichs. I wish I could say this book was so good I read it all, I didn't. I read exactly what I planned to read the first 100 pages. It wasn't terrible but it wasn't so good that I felt the need to read the other 200 pages.

It is a different kind of story than Kathy Reichs it is not a murder investigation but someone try...more
Robert B. Parker's "School Days" was a quick read, and my first for the "Spenser" series. As always, I enjoyed Mr. Parker's descriptions of Boston and the surrounding areas, being familiar with most of them.

I felt reading this book that Mr. Parker enjoyed writing it. The underlying story was interesting, as a well-to-do grandmother hires Spenser to investigate the case of her grandson, charged with the murder of several people in a school. All the evidence points to this young defendant and Spe...more
Chris Gager
I haven't started yet but the Spencer books seem to always be a solid 3. Maybe get started tonight. Got home at 10 o'clock and started reading and finished the 300- pages at about one-thirty. It's pretty basic stuff, chewing gum for the brain and not top-notch RBP. Tons of cryptic dialogue which accounts for the speed reading. The plot is a mishmash of Columbine, Pam Smart, and that crazy married woman in Washington with the 14-year old lover she went to jail for, had a child with and eventually...more
David Reynolds
I like Spencer almost as much as I like Jesse Stone and this was better than some...even without the back-and-forth he has with Susan Silverman!!
Spenser investigates a school shooting and reinforces his suspicion of organized education. Overall, not my favorite in the series, but the characterizations of institutional education are so perfectly Spenser as to compensate.
Did not ring true. Not enough Hawke. In fact, no Hawke. Spencer was a bit too casual about the destruction left in his questioning wake.
This was an audio book we listened to on a weekend trip. The dialog is classic "Spenser" and that's what makes this book good.
Solid entry in the series. I found him going solo this time (no Susan) was a refreshing change of pace.
Entertaining story, listened to it on audiobook which was fantastic! Joe Montanga is perfection as Spenser!
Marilyn escobedo
I liked this book. It was fun to me to read how a lawyer goes on and invesigates things to know what happened. spenser the lawyer put so much time and effort to investigate the whole case to find out things. I like the way he talks to teens and gets information out of them. I would reccomend this book to people that like mystery books.i thought of this book that in some cases thats how it happens.I like how the lawyer thinks and thinks of things to do to get clues and information. I didnt like w...more
I listened to this book while traveling in the car. It was was read by Joe Mantegna. I thorougly enjoyed Mantegna as a reader. He brought the story completely alive. Spencer is an unlikely detective as he is a person who not only detects but reads. In this story he is asked to discover what has caused a high school boy to go on a shooting spree and the elite private school he attends. The boy has confessed to the crime, but his grandmother hires Spencer to prove he didn't really do it.

It is a g...more
Great Read, Robert Parker always has a great read.
Leslie Jem
Spenser investigates a school shooting.
As usual, I thoroughly enjoyed this Robert B. Parker mystery. Spencer as read by Joe Mantegna is mesmerizing. I just love to listen to these books.
Spenser's ward, April Kyle, returns for help as an adult for the third time. Her upscale whorehouse venture is riddled with deceit from her Lionel partner in NYC. April hopes Spenser can deliver her from the wrangled mess she is in, but alas, she is doomed to a life of heartache.

Spenser's former dancing with the devil comes back to him in spades when a former hooker shows back up as a high class madam. With all the high class Boston dogs involved in the cat house, it's a mess of Spenser proporti...more
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Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the late 1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced....more
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