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Hush Money (Spenser #26)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  3,067 ratings  ·  96 reviews
"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 ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published March 8th 1999 by Putnam Adult
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Spenser ends up working two cases pro bono after Hawk and Susan both ask him for his help. Since he owes Hawk about a thousand favors as well as probably five figures worth of expenses for ammunition alone, it’s perfectly understandable that he’d work for free on that one, but he should charge Susan double just for being so damn annoying.

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
100 out of 100 books for 2010. I figgin' did it!

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
This time Hawk brings Spenser a case involving a gent who didn't get tenure at the local college, and when there's a suspicious death involved (a staged suicide) and things don't add up, it could be one hell of a ride! The second case involved a woman whose ex-lover is stalking her, and develops a rather *troublesome* crush on Spenser...(which he would've acted on had it not been for Susan being the love of his life) and who Susan had to *forcefully* dissuade from further bothering her 'honeybun ...more
This is definitely a superior Spenser novel. Spenser gets called into two individual cases, one at the behest of Susan and the other at Hawk's. A friend of Susan's is getting stalked, and it turns out she's halfway to crazytown herself. It's great that this woman harasses and eggs on Spenser until he's discombobulated, but it's always been interesting how he kisses these random women - or is at least kissed by these random women. On Hawk's case, RBP talks a lot about gay and racial politics, whi ...more
Kevin Doyle
"Hush Money" is a problematic book for the Spenser series. On its own, it's pretty darned engaging, with the satiric outsider's look at the academic world that Parker does best. Any reader of his books can tell that his memories of his time in the university environment aren't exactly fond, and "Hush Money's" focus on the process of tenure is probably the best example of this. So from a one-on-point of view, this is one of his good ones. It's not quite the level of "Promised Land" or "Early Autu ...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

Sherrill Watson
Spenser, Susan Silverman and Hawk are at it again. Spenser and Silverman are well-educated, Hawk not so much, and black. There are two plot lines, and a lot of entertainment. The main characters are witty and unpretentious, and the plots are good.

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
Tim Healy
Another pretty good entry in the Spenser series. Spenser finds himself, again, taking on cases pro bono for his friends. One of them is at Susan's request; you would think that would bother him after the last book. The second one is for Hawk.

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
I think the reasons I liked this book are the same reasons I like Spenser books in general. Spenser and Hawk are great characters. They are tough guys without being stupid; they are smart guys without being annoying. And their friendship comes through as real and believable. You can tell by the way they talk to each other that they have known each other for a long time. And the book is written with a lot of wit. So it’s fun to read. It deals with issues like prejudice and racism without reading ...more
Audio Version is what promted a 2-star rating. The entire sound track is peppered with a ticking that slows down during normal events and speeds up when the tension in the narrative increases. When things get really intense, the ticking gets louder. I guess that's to let us know that the tension has increased.

Don't know how I made it through the whole book. Save yourself the time and money and skip this one.
Cathy Cusson
This was a great insight into more of Hawk's character. I also loved the connection to Parker's Hitch and Cole series with Hawk and Spenser using one the same quotes by Clausewitz. A modern day version of the duo. I was a bit dismayed by Susan's display of temper. She's a bit above that sort of show, I would think.
P.d.r. Lindsay
Raymond Chandler did it first, creating the modern Knight in Armour as the honest private detective with his creation, Philip Marlow. Robert Parker does a good job creating someone similar with Spenser.

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
Yvonne Mendez
The story, dialogue and mystery were OK, it was easy to guess who did it and what I particularly liked was the friendship between Spenser and his side-kick Hawk. I think the only thing that bothered me from the story is the portrayal of women, you get a lust-driven victim with tons of issues, or a backstabbing academic prude and even Spenser's girlfriend is an anorexic sex kitten, who just happens to be smart. Oh yeah and there is a cat fight, of course!

The last chapter was just a summary of the
This was a neat little PI detective story. A very easy read. PI Spenser takes on 2 cases at once. Both pro-bono, the first case a student at the university is dead, and presumed to be a suicide. Along with the student, a professor is accused of being gay and causing the student to kill himself. The second case a woman believes she is being stalked. This victim fixates herself on Spenser. This could be very dangerous. Spenser and his side kickHawk do the leg work to find evidence to restore the p ...more
I am not sure where I got this book, probably found it in the laundry room at my sister's apartment. Wherever it was, I'm very glad it happened! I love this guy! His style of writing is exactly what I like, a smart, sarcastic, capable sleuth who solves predicaments for those in need. This book was great, I already ordered two more Spenser books. I learned that Parker died in January of this year, but I'm glad to see he left behind a ton of books. I hope to read many or all of them. The only weak ...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
"Hush" is one of Robert B. Parker's Spencer novels, a long series I've never read before. This one was recommended by a former colleague at the university because it partly takes place at a university and some of the characters are not entirely unlike our colleagues. In addition to academic issues and politics, "Hush" also characterizes or sometimes caricatures different ways of being African American. It's quick, lively, funny and clever -- perfect for in-flight reading. I have a feeling Parker ...more
Shirley Worley
What more can be said about Spenser, Hawk, and Susan? Whenever the tough Boston PI, his sidekick, and the therapist who looks like a Jewish princess unite, things are bound to get interesting. Spenser works on two cases pro bono for Hawk and Susan simultaneously. I was a bit surprised that Hawk's case involved the upper-crust of the university while Susan's case involved a 'friend' who picked up a stalker. I would have expected it to be just the opposite.

The plot moved along at a good pace, both
Russ Leavitt
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The subject of this book was the tenure system at universities.
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
Cyn (RaeWhit)
Burt Reynolds voice is my Spenser. ((sigh)) A shame he doesn't do the rest of them.
Mike Jensen
Another OK Parker pot-boiler. Nothing special, but enjoyable while you are reading it.
Nayaswami Rambhakta
Wonderful. I simply can't read most mysteries because they are written so shoddily. Pages of description at the start. Pages of italics. Over-locality (self-absorbed author forgets that readers don't care). And on and on. Parker almost never commits these faults. And he's just a wonderful craftsman. Like his fellow Virgo, H.L. Mencken, he never chooses the wrong word. In Hush Money, the central theme of academic political correctness is handled with refreshing earthy humor. One of Parker's very ...more
I listened to the audio book version read by Burt Reynolds. I didn't care much for the author or the reader.

5/12/2011. I just finished listening to this book for the second time and bumped up the rating to two stars. I guess I've just read too much trash in the interim. Despite my low opinion I listened to it the second time because (a) My car will only play audio-tapes and anything would beat listening to the radio when I drive to work, and (b)I didn't recognize the title and had paid to rent t
Leslie Jem
Hawk hires Spenser.
Jun 13, 2014 Tom added it
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Jackie Simons
Read 3/14
While the book moves a bit slowly, and 56 chapters is a bit much, the level of detective entertainment is superb. Spencer solves a murder, gets a professor his well-deserved tenure, and attracts a stalker after alieviate a female client from the same problem. Thanks to Susan, his psychotherapeutic sweet heart,and her left hook to get that crazy hooker off of his back so that they are able to enjoy their lives in peace.
Fun and easy read. Two wise acres private investigators set out to solve three cases going on at once, all pro bono. I like these two characters, Spenser and Hawke. Plus the author made me laugh. The subject of tenure and how serious college professors take themselves was a good relative poke at the academia world. It was a page turner and more my kind of murder mystery fun.
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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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