Potshot (Spenser #28)
A beautiful widow whose husband was murdered in the small desert town of Potshot, Arizona, hires Spenser. She thinks he was killed for standing up to a gang called The Dell that has been extorting local businesses. Spenser journeys to Potshot and confronts Preacher, the leader of gang, but he denies killing anyone.
Before he can get to the bottom of who murdered the husband, Spenser is approached by a group of town leaders who want to hire him to run off The Dell. S ...more
Not really. But Parker does place Spenser in a different environment than Spenser is accustomed to.
POTSHOT opens with a beautiful blonde seeking Spenser's skills. Her husband has just been killed and she wants to hire Spenser to unravel the mystery. There's only one catch: Spenser has to leave Boston and go to Potshot, Arizona. Of course, Spenser takes the case.
While in Potshot, Spenser learns of the Dell gang, a mysterious group of people under the influence of ...more
What's fun about this? He brings some help with him. Hawk, of course, is a given. He also brings Tedy Sapp, who stood in for Hawk in the l ...more
I was all set to like Potshot, but it just didn't move for me. I was ready to be wowed by seeing all Spenser's favorite thugs team up and it was really anticlimactic. The characters mostly weren't well drawn and their motivations d ...more
This is a typical Spenser, in fact it is a reworking of his previous reworking (which I cannot rembember the title) of The Magnificent Seven, in which the Boston detective gathers an unlikely posse of thugs from previous novels to clean out a corrupt town.
The dialogue is what we read Spenser novels for, and it is ok in this book. Not gre ...more
The story starts when Mary Lou Buckman walks into Spenser’s office and seeks help in tracking down the murd ...more
The difference between then and now -- aside from the author having found a successful formula and just coasting with it -- is that the ...more
To be fair, the book had less action, adventure, or thrill/mystery/suspense, with the protagonist Spencer getting everything he wanted in under a minute by using his resources, all always readily available to him, and had more of a macho, manly, always winning tough guy vibe to it, YET managed to be quite ...more
In this book, Mary Lou Buckman comes to Boston to hire Spenser to solve the murder of her husband in Potshot, Arizona. She's been referred by a Los Angeles police officer she knew from before she moved t ...more
Always a pleasure, and the first mystery I have read (but surely not the first) to use the trope of the Western in a detective story.
What amazes me is the consistency that RBP brings to the Spenser series. But at the same time, he manages to sustain interest by making his characters real, complicated, and thoroughly moral. Oxymoronic eh? A moral Hawk? Who. Woulda thunk? A sexy psychotherapist? No way! A gumshoe quoting the "Concord School of Existentialism?" How unlikely! All of the above, plus Spenser's smart-ass mouth-ing off is what I love about this series... even after 30+ books.
Robert B. Parker - 28th book
Spenser, the intrepid Boston sleuth, heads west to aid a damsel in distress in Potshot, Arizona. But all is not as it seems in Potshot. Spenser is called upon to hire a band of thugs to rid the town of a renegade gang. Reader Joe Mantegna, who plays Spenser in the A&E movies, gives vocal identity to the splendid band of rogues Spenser recruits. Wiseguys and tough guys from Boston, Las Vegas, LA, and Georgia join Spenser and his sidekick, Hawk, for the f ...more
In a lot of way ...more
Boston PI Spenser returns - heading west to the rich man's haven of Potshot, Arizona, a former mining town reborn as a paradise for Los Angeles millionaires looking for a place to escape the pressures of their high-flying lifestyles. Potshot overcame its rough reputation as a rendevous for old-time mountain men who lived off the land, thanks to a healthy infusion of new blood and even newer money. But when this Western idyll is threatened by a local gang - a 21st century posse of desert rats, m
For Spenser fans all the right ingredients are there, Susan and Pearl, Hawk, a case which looks one thing but is in fact quite another thing, excellent dialogue and tight writing.
It's a thrilling read but I wonder if we're coming to the end - thanks to the appalling number of gun massacres now in the USA - of considering such novels as entertainment? The Knight in Shining Armour who kil ...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