Paper Doll (Spenser #20)
Olivia Nelson was the wife of Boston blue blood Loudon Tripp and they seemed to have a textbook family and a perfect life until Olvia screwed it up by getting whackity-whacked with a hammer to the noggin while walking down the street. With no obv ...more
The general plotline is…Olivia Nelson is the perfect wife to a perfect husband and together they have a perfect marriage. This perfect couple had two perfect ...more
a few comparisons that I savored:
a fireplace spacious enough to roast a moose.
a receptionist with the efficiency of a Russian farm collective.
blue jeans as capacious as Delaware.
As I was digging into my boxes and boxes of books stored two moves ago, I ran across this 1993 Spenser novel. I thought I'd read every one of Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels, but I hadn't read this one.
Would have liked more of Susan and Hawk, but still a great and easy read.Four stars.
It is interesting to note that the copy I have is a first printing that had been remaindered. (Sent back to the publisher unsold and then "remaindered" to a dealer to be sold at a dis...more
But with Paper Doll, Parker presents an actual mystery for his PI to solve, and he does so in layers. Most readers will no doubt easily figure out the true identity of the victim ear ...more
What a refreshing book, even though it showed a dark side of the politial world. There were lots of quotable gems. Spenser:
"I am trustworthy, loyal, and helpful. But I struggle with obedient."
Fun: "How old were you when you dropped out of charm school?"
Observation: "If he really saw me at all, it was peripherally. In his
public self he probably saw everything peripherally. His focus was on him." Observation of Susan: One of the many things about Susan that I
admired was that she never made convers ...more
I last rated this back in 2008, as happens occasionally, I've been on a Spenser kick and am rereading many in the series.
Spenser is hired by a prominent Bostonian named Tripp to find out who killed his wife. The police have no clues; the killing seems a truly senseless act. Spenser begins looking into the woman's past, and there is much to learn, including the fact that she quite literally is not who she says she is . . . a US Senator is brought low.
The most interesting thing about the book is that it introduces Lee Farrell, a tough, competent gay cop who comes to figure prominently in the S ...more
I ran out of light sick bed reading material.
This was perfect. I had just read it3 months ago. too soon but it seemed to work this time.
re-read october 2014
add lecherous, criminal, sick, rapist, to go with my april 2009 adjectives.
Loudon Tripp hires spenser, then fires him. If is seems too perfect, as in life, it is. and the pac called The American Democratic Imperative... and the crooked, evil, socio-pathic and pathetic senato ...more
once more, tho, i find it difficult to believe that people can get away w/ what they get away w/! of course, during the time this was written, we didn't have the kind of computers we have now, so that explains so of it, i guess.
still ... our world is a sick one, and getting drastically sicker all the time. has just been sick for longer than i thought, tho, apparently! 8^(
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