Hush Money (Spenser #26)
Hawk asks Spenser to help a professor that’s the son of an old friend of his. The professor was denied tenure because of a smear campaign that claimed he had a ...more
Hush Money, along with Sudden Mischief and Small Vices, form a trilogy of Parker's absolute best novels and the best of the Spenser series. In each of these, a major character--Susan, Spenser, and, in the case of Hush Money, Hawk--reveals something about her or his past, proves vulnerable, and grow in some way. This is also the first, and, I think, the only novel in the series in which Spenser takes a case pro bono as a favor to Hawk. On the surfac ...more
However. That's the only positive thing I can say about this book, so I'm giving two stars for the witty banter (of which there was actually too much; how about a little more action/description?). I admit that detective fiction isn't my usual fare--this was another book that a relative handed me and insisted I read--so I can't speak to Parker's overall writing style or other Spenser stories. I tried to be open-minded, but ...more
Hawk's implicit explanation of why he never got an education rings horribly true. There's an interesting comparison to be drawn between Hawk, who never told, and KC, Susan's stalked friend who tells all the wrong things in the wrong way and for the wrong reasons, deeply annoying, but also sympathetic. KC's ex-husband Burt is only a minor cha ...more
"Parker says he'll keep writing Spenser novels as long as the public wants to read them, which probably means he'll need to keep writing them for the rest of his life. Spenser is 'the very model of a modern major shamus, '" proclaimed The Boston Globe of Robert B. Parker's most recent New York Times bestseller, Sudden Mischief. With Hush Money, Parker adds another classic to the legendary series, with a morally complex tale that pits the burly Boston P.I. and his redoubtable cohort, Hawk, again
Spenser is hired by a black teacher (Robinson Nevins) who was passed over for tenure, and wants to know why. And there is a woman (KC Roth) who is being targeted (not without her encouragement) by a possible serial rapist.
Oh, and there's Pearl, the wond ...more
As a part of the case that Hawk brings him, we learn some interesting things about Hawk's past. This can be a tricky thing, and has to be handled very carefully. Parker handles it quite well. It never seems obtrusive, it's only explanatory of Hawk's interest ...more
Don't know how I made it through the whole book. Save yourself the time and money and skip this one.
His Spenser novels are a kind of boys' hero, 'good wins out' stories, a modern man's dream of being a knight to the rescue. In this novel Spenser and his friend Hawk right a wrong and find that a suicide was a murder and solve that too.
As a non-American I find the guns and beatings a little too vi ...more
The last chapter was just a summary of the ...more
I’m weeding BPL’s mystery section and have been reading popular mystery writers that I’ve not read. And I enjoyed this one. Spencer, the main character, is a burly, Boston PI investigating cases for two friends. Susan, Spencer’s inamorata, has a friend, KC, who’s being stalked. And Hawk, Spencer’s sidekick, is trying to help a friend who’s son was denied tenure by a university. Things get complicated by a suicide (or was it murder?) and gay, black, academic and feminist politics. Spencer is abl ...more
The plot moved along at a good pace, both ...more
The whole higher education world did not come off looking good.
"Whenever I got involved in anything related to a university, I
was reminded of how seriously everyone took everything, particularly
themselves, and I had to keep a firm grip on my impulse to make fun."
"University politics is very odd. You get a lot of people gathered together who, if they couldn't do this, really couldn't
do anything. They are given to think that they are ...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