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
In this one Spenser has two separate cases he is working on for his standard rate of pay-$0. One of the cases is as a favor to Hawk and the other is as a favor to Susan.
The Hawk case revolves around a good friend's son being turned down for tenure at a university as a result of a rumor that the Professor had cut off a homosexual relationship with a student resulting in the student killing himself. We learn more about Hawk's background and his anger at being hi ...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
"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 has two cases, one from Hawk and one from Susan. Hawk wants him to help a black college professor who was refused tenure on the basis of rumours that he was gay, he had an illicit affair with a student, and the student committed suicide as a result of a broken heart. Susan wants him to help a friend who claims she is being stalked.
WHAT I LIKED:
The plot surrounding the black college professor is a typical Spenser novel -- take a case for no pay, find there is something we ...more
That latter tale was somewh ...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
Spenser works 2 cases at once. One is a simple stalking case as a favor to Susan and the other is a case of college professor tenure as a favor to Hawk! Of course, there's more to it than that. And during the investigation, we learn a bit of Hawk's past!
Poor Spenser has to fend off the amorous advances of Susan's friend KC. It's no surprise (to him or to us!) that he becomes the object of her fantasies.
These characters are fascinating and lovable—if you like dangerous men, which I do. Do you identify with the 'bad guy'? If you're like me (and you do) then you'll love these stories.
This is one of the two Spenser stories narrated by Burt Reynolds. Definitely don't miss. He's amazing. And before you start in on me, I read the book in ...more
The last chapter was just a summary of the ...more
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
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
The plot moved along at a good pace, both ...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