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A Catskill Eagle (Spenser #12)

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  3,756 ratings  ·  142 reviews
In the detective business, Spenser sometimes has to bend the law. Other times, to break it. But he lives by his own inviolate rules. And he loves just one woman -- even though she is the one woman he's just lost.

So when Susan's desperate letter arrives, Spenser doesn't think twice. His best friend, Hawk, faces a life sentence. And Susan has gotten herself into even bigger

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Published January 1st 1990 by Books on Tape, Inc. (first published 1985)
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In the previous book in the series, Valediction, Susan had left Spenser to take a job in San Francisco, partially because she said that she needed some time alone because she’d always defined herself as someone’s daughter, wife, girlfriend, etc. and Spenser’s idealization of her had become overwhelming. That explanation might have held more water if she also didn’t admit that she’d been cheating on him for some time before she left and is still seeing the guy. But Spenser has committed himself t ...more

The 70's Spencer novels are wonderful. The first 7 or 8 books in the series are among the best detective novels I have read. Something happens to this series in the mid 80's though and in comes to a finale here in this terrible 80's action movie posing as a Spenser novel. The entire storyline is beyond belief. First, we are expected to feel sorry for Susan Silverman after she spends 3 books in a row acting like a selfish child. Then we are supposed to believe Spenser and Hawk would go to all th
Spenser and Hawk go to a lot of trouble to retrieve Susan from her unfortunate relationship with the spoiled son of a major gunrunner who is more or less holding her against her will, confused as it is. The novel is at the end of the four-novel sequence in which Susan comes to terms with her dependence on males and proves it by being dependent on two men at the same time. Spenser suffers the tortures of the damned during the process and shows it by hurting and killing a lot of people who obstruc ...more
Jane Stewart
3 stars. This had more action than most of his books, and it was good action. I enjoyed it. Although, it did not have as much humor and wit as the early books.

The major flaw for me was Susan’s motivations and actions described in Spoiler below. In the previous book (#11), she left Spenser to “find herself” - my words. She dates Russell Costigan, a married man. Russell’s father is one of the richest men in the world, dealing in guns and mercenary armies. Even though I didn’t like the spoiler iss
It doesn't matter which Spenser novel you read--I suggest you start with the first one, Godwulf Manuscript. They all draw you into the fascinating, quick-moving world of Spenser, the PI. They're all short, easily read in a few days (in no small part because you won't want to stop). The early books introduce we the reader to the world of Spenser the PI, where he makes the rules, is honest and caring, but razer-edge sharp, where he was kicked out of the police force because he didn't take directio ...more
Cathy DuPont
Well, it looks like Spenser's back and thank goodness, Hawk makes more than an appearance here. He an intricate part of the story. I'm fond of Hawk, he's a cool dude and is Frack for Spenser's Frick.

Susan, now she's another story in my book. Starting to wonder what Spenser sees in her; oh, I forgot, he loves her. But really Susan, get it together, please!

Really liked the storyline, with Spenser and Hawk traveling outside Boston to get done what they need to do to make things right.
for Raymond
Ward Pond
May 24, 2012 Ward Pond rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Open minded Spenser fans.
Perhaps the least plausible plot of the series, this story of chivalric fealty is so extreme, so unrelenting in the goodness of the good guys, the distress of the damsel, and the loathsomeness of the bad guy that it becomes too much on many levels. As a plausible story involving three dimensional characters, A Catskill Eagle fails muster, and is a poor exemplar of Dr. Parker's canon.

If one willingly suspends disbelief and approaches the story on its own terms, however, the story is a hoot, perha
re-read it 2013 August. I liked it more the first time but still enjoyed it 4 years later.

5 stars just for audacity!!
just started it. Wonderfull Melville quote: "And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. and even if he forever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than the other bir
Thom Dunn
Let those who have read the entire string of Spenser novels speak: Is there ANYTHING about this piece a shit
that marks it as anything but inferior trash that Parker could not possibly have written, ON HIS WORST DAY he never betrayed his style, his characters, his plot structure as the writer (whoever that may be) has done here. I love Parker's dialogue.
Perhaps it happened like this: Parker wanted a year off, gave a no-talent kid a chance to write a Spenser novel and never to this very day betr
C.C. Thomas
This was my least favorite Spenser yet.

It wasn't that the writing was subpar (which occasionally happens when successful authors rest on their laurels). As always, Parker is a master with words and plot twists and characterization. It wasn't that the story was boring or uneventful. This one had me on the edge of my seat, just like all the others. My major problem with this book is that I am starting to really dislike a minor character. Seems petty, I know.

Yet...where is the Spenser I know and lo
Daniel Cooke
Holy crap. Am I the only one who wished Susan died a slow and agonizing death in this book? Spenser and Hawk were just barely worth the suffering.

I wish someone could explain how Susan could justify loving Spenser, the very embodiment of a morally driven person who tries to do the right thing and also Russell, the shallow, dirtbag, cheating on his wife, son of one of the biggest sleazeballs on Earth. Susan is clearly playing Grace, Russel's mother, in that relationship and Grace is "the worm in
This was a wild ride - very entertaining. I could see this one as a movie. It's one of Parker's longer Spenser novels. Spenser doesn't have much to live for other than Susan and she's been kidnapped. That premise allows for a lot of Hawk/Spenser violence. A good dose of "suspension of disbelief" is needed before you sit down with this one. A couple "Mission Impossible" moments and the ending held this from a five star rating.
Spenser's 12th adventure takes him to the west coast, up to the Pacific Northwest and back to Boston. This one started out with action from the get go. I said it was an adventure, because it's really not a case he's on, he's trying to find Susan and to see if she's been kidnapped or want's to stay with the rich dude. My only problem with this he brings Susan back to Boston. :)
This is Robert Parker's masterpiece. It is easily the best of all the Spenser novels (and many of them are very, very good).
The characters are nuanced, there are many shades of grey, yet Parker's wonderful wit is still there.
This is the Spenser novel that should have been made into a feature film.....
How far would you go to make things right for the people you care about? Break a friend out of jail? Rescue the person you loved from another--a person that's held against their will? Could you kill someone powerful at the behest of the Government to save yourself and your best friend? These are the questions Spenser must answer when he gets a letter from Susan, the woman he loves, asking for his help in rescuing Hawk, his best friend, from jail, framed for a murder he committed in self-defense. ...more
James Cooper
The twelfth Spenser book by Robert B. Parker. I started reading this series a few months back while looking for some new books to read. I was not disappointed. Spenser is an intriguing character, with interesting relationships and a flawed personality. He makes mistakes, he is human. Between that and Spenser's signature wit, the series drew me in. Until this book.
A lot of people talk about the outlandish plot, but that didn't bother me. While the plot is completely outlandish, and atypical for
Michael Durant
A disjointed narrative that leaves Susan a damsel in distress for half a novel, and features random cameos from earlier books such as Rachel Wallace and Hugh Dixon?

You know, I'd like to say that this was a weird one, but the truth is, they've been weird since the one where Spenser and Hawk bust up a European terrorist network at the Montreal Olympics, and they've been really bizarre since Spenser kidnapped a boy, took him to the woods, and built a cabin with him while they drank beer and worked
Robert Parker is a good writer, though you wouldn't think so with the kind of formulaic books that he writes. In the first sentence, I already had a sense of the narrator Spenser, plus the sentence itself wasn't formula writing. By the end of the first page, I had a good handle on what kind of character Spenser is and a glimmer of the mystery to be solved. Even so, the glimmer didn't give it all away; the mystery or problems to be solved unfolded as each part was dealt with and thus more reveale ...more
Shirley Worley
In this novel, the plot revolves around Spenser and Hawk who rack up murder charges, a jailbreak, assault of a police officer, arson, theft, etc., all in an effort to free their beloved Susan from an man she loves. Susan has come to love two men (Spenser and Russell) for different reasons and must be free of both to make a choice. And Spenser is the one to free her from Russell and his dangerous family. Russell's family is sorely wanted by the FBI and CIA and they will offer to give aid to find ...more
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Robert Beveridge
Robert B. Parker, A Catskill Eagle (Dell, 1985)

Spenser, Susan, and Hawk are back for another adventure. This one spends its time ketting between the two coasts. When we last left our intrepid adventurers, Susan and Spenser had decided to spend some time apart, and Suze was out in San Francisco dating some other guy. Now, out of the blue, Spenser gets a letter, saying she's in trouble, Hawk is in jail in a nothing little Frisco suburb, and Spenser's help would be greatly appreciated. Spenser head
joyce lynn
ok, first of all, the previous book in this series left us w/ the 2 main characters still in a relationship, albeit one w/ some miles between them. still ... she was in DC, he was in Boston, and they were making trips between to see each other. now, in this book, suddenly, the female half of the couple has moved to the opposite coast, gotten a new job, has been invovled in a whole new relationship, and it's a year later. we know nothing about what's gone on, but are treated like we SHOULD know. ...more
Julie Barrett
A Catskill Eagle by Robert B. Parker
What first interested me into reading mysteries was the Jesse Stone movies on TV with Tom Selleck. This is the same author that wrote the series and I really like the movies.
The stories are very similar. This one is about the PI Spenser who gets a text on his cell from Susan that she wants to get out of there but can't leave. He tracks her down to the west coast and ends up in jail with a cast on his leg where he's hidden his gun.
He escapes along with Hawk and
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Cherie In the Dooryard
Parker's Spenser novels always have an element of psychology to them, but this one was clearly written while Parker was deep into 1970s therapy of some kind. Susan Silverman becomes nearly unbearable in her post-analysis dialogue and does any of that help illuminate the deep romantic divisions Parker sets up? No. I had this rated as three stars, but there's lots of Hawk/Spenser dialogue and that is always worth a star on its own.
Apr 25, 2008 Jim rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vacation reading
Recommended to Jim by: gift
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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!
Kevin Beck
This story is the most violent, unbelievable Spenser story of the series. Spenser and Hawk go to California to rescue Susan from her new boyfriend. Susan is a total idiot in this book (more than usual) and Spenser/Hawk kill dozens of people. I would have loved to see where Spenser went without the boat anchor that is Susan.
Boy loses girl. Girl writes a letter. Boy destroys a paramilitary compound. Girl gets therapy. Boy doesn't kill the Girl's boyfriend.

This was one of my favorites of the series, full of action and a little more action, all the while proving that men can, once in a while, be sensitive to the needs of their women. Sometimes.
Alex Mendiola
Gritty, and tragic, this is my favorite "Spenser" novel so far. As I read other "Spenser" stories, I'm often disappointed at how tame they feel compared to this one. I haven't read them all but, the lengths which Spenser goes to protect the ones he loves is harrowing in it's intensity. I find myself hoping that I would do the same for my loved ones and at the same time terrified at the idea of what such actions would mean in the real world. Spenser becomes more than the wisecrack gumshoe of Park ...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.
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