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Hush Money (Spenser #26)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  3,916 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
When Robinson Nevins, the son of Hawk's boyhood mentor, is denied tenure at a prestigious university, Hawk asks Spenser to investigate. It appears the denial is tied to the suicide of a young gay activist, Prentice Lamont. While intimations of an affair between Lamont and Nevins have long fed the campus rumour mill, no one's willing to talk, and as Spenser digs deeper he i ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 294 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by Wheeler Publishing (first published March 8th 1999)
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Kemper
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
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Holli
Like all of the Spenser books, this one has a whole lot going on and you can get lost easily among all the different twists and turns. And also like the books in this series, it is quite funny but can drive one crazy at the same time. Mr. Parker had a way with words and balanced it with such great humor it's hard to stay away from his books for too long. I like that we get a little more background on Hawk's character in this book. I think he's my favorite character in this series, though I love ...more
Chuck
Dec 30, 2010 Chuck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Brent Soderstrum
Dec 05, 2016 Brent Soderstrum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Parker's 26th Spenser novel.

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
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Nanosynergy
A book for Spenser fans. Spenser investigates two separate cases pro bono for Hawk and Susan. One is tracking down and stopping a stalker; the other is investigating a negative tenure decision. Being married to tenured faculty and having worked in higher education with faculty for over a decade, the latter was both interesting and amusing in its perspective on academia and faculty. And then there is Spenser's new office couch - a gift from long-time love Susan.... Not sure I'll be sitting on any ...more
Metagion
Jun 09, 2014 Metagion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tom
Nov 10, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Marti
Apr 16, 2015 Marti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a cute cover illustration--a bright pink piggy bank with a bill around its snout. This time Spenser and Hawk are pursuing two different cases--one of which Hawk brought to him. A young man was pushed out his window, rather than jumping himself. It involves a scheme which bilks gay men about being outed. Susan asks him to help an old friend, KC Roth, who is being stalked. KC obsesses about Spenser, and is a general nuisance.
Kit
Aug 13, 2015 Kit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recentlyread
Realizing that most later Spensers seem to be written at least partly in the satirical or parodic modes, this entry is one time that the flattening/cartoonishness of the satirical mode keeps the novel from achieiving its full potential. Parker's covering some unusual ground for him here and I hoped for more interesting treatment of it than it wound up being. Still, pretty compelling read until a late plot twist strains credulity.
Shuriu
Jul 25, 2014 Shuriu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Canavan
Nov 20, 2016 Canavan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
✭✭✭✭
Barb
Feb 03, 2017 Barb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good Parker novel with Spenser
Karen
Feb 22, 2017 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parker
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Kelsey
Mar 23, 2015 Kelsey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This author excelled at writing snappy comebacks in his character dialogue.

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
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Randy
Jul 08, 2014 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"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

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Paul
Mar 20, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
PLOT OR PREMISE:
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.
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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
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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
Jerry
Feb 11, 2016 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Hush” is one of the later Spenser novels (#26 of 39), and is really two independent stories in one, both involving unpaid favors for friends! First, Hawk wants Spenser to help discover why a certain professor was knocked out of a tenure award apparently due to a rumor he had jilted a homosexual lover, a student who thereafter committed suicide. The other case was for a long-time girlfriend of Susan’s, who was being stalked by some unknown party and wanted it stopped.

That latter tale was somewh
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Tim Healy
Feb 25, 2013 Tim Healy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cheryl
Feb 07, 2017 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audios-read
Ahhh.... Burt Reynolds narrates again! Best voice ever for Spenser!

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.
Rebecca
Mar 03, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
G.
Feb 07, 2017 G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eerily contemporary, which I'm not sure if that's good or bad. THe story has enough twists and turns that I did not see the ending coming.
Maxximillian Dafoe
Sep 08, 2016 Maxximillian Dafoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Walter Mosley's Leonid McGill series
Shelves: favorites, mystery
This is the second Robert B. Parker novel I've read and I'm going to read the entire series—and even though I didn't begin at the beginning, I'm going to start now.

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
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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
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P.D.R. Lindsay
Apr 26, 2013 P.D.R. Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Maryann Moffit
Feb 07, 2017 Maryann Moffit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
still just so-so.
Terry
Jul 05, 2011 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
John
Aug 14, 2010 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer
Jul 08, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entirely lived up to expectations. Jawdroppingly slick, probably does not stand up to terribly close inspection but why bother? Just stand back and admire...

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
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Shirley Worley
Oct 20, 2013 Shirley Worley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: robert-b-parker
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
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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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