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
His relationship with his girlfriend was interesting too. I like that, although he seemed to objectify every other woman in t ...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
give me 42 doses of pleasure so far.
This one is filled with familiar characters
I have grown to think of as neighbors and friends
as I get sucked into another twisting plot.
Just great fun.
I last rated this back in 2008, as happens occasionally, I've been on a Spenser kick and am rereading many in the series.
Weirdly, though, this one had me reminisching about the original Fletch book. Spenser goes south to a small town, and some things happen in this book that happened in a similar way in "Fletch", done many years earlier.
Still a good Spenser outing.
#20 Spenser novel - The murdered wife of a Boston aristocrat seemed to be perfect, but she wasn't who she seemed to be. Spenser travels to SC to dig into her past; his investigation is hampered by a liberal, hard-drinking MA senator.
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
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