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Preview — Walking Shadow by Robert B. Parker
The story kind of went nowhere and Spenser and Hawk said so and that's what I liked about it. Spenser and Hawk both acknowledged that they were on a wild goose chase always coming up with zero answers in trying to find the shooter of an actor who was on stage performing when killed. There w ...more
A theater manager is being stalked by a mysterious figure and asks Spenser to help. Before he can start investigating, an actor is shot and killed on stage during a performance. An actress also complains of being followed. While he’s trying to figure out exactly what’s going on, Spenser gets threatened by the leader of the local Chinese gangs. After surviving a hail of bullets, Spenser and Hawk turn to gunman and ga ...more
A theater manager is being stalked by a mysterious figure and asks Spenser to help. Before he can start investigating, an actor is shot and killed on stage during a performance. An actress also complains of being followed. While he’s trying to figure out exactly what’s going on, Spenser gets threatened by the leader of the local Chinese gangs. After surviving a hail of bullets, Spenser and Hawk turn to gunman and gangster Vinnie Morris for assistance.
Robert Parker is a new author for m ...more
The ending was a bit unfair to Despain's character. I liked him. I would have liked to see what happened to Jocelyn in the end too..
All-in-all it was a good book. It had a fair amount of action and when there wasn't action it made up for it with grea ...more
Daniel Parker also narrated another Parker novel Chasing the Bear, which was a young adult novel aimed at 8th & 9th graders. Daniel Parker (is he related to Robert Parker?) sounds very young - too young to be Spenser or Hawk. Right voice for a young Spenser but not a mature Spenser.
That's not quite right. Chandler's use of language is missing here. That's a good thing, because nobody wants to be a pale imitation. Robe ...more
Spenser (the detective) is attending a play wi ...more
Parker, Robert B. - 21st in series
Boston PI Spenser would rather be at work renovating the old farmhouse that he and his lover, psychiatrist Susan, have bought in nearby Concord. Instead Spenser agrees to find out who is following the Artistic Director of the Port City Theater Company, on whose board of directors Susan sits.
The detective is utterly bored by a performance of the latest production in Port City, "a town 50% Portuguese and 50% Chinese"--until one of the actors i ...more
After talking to the Director, Spenser agrees to take on the case and he and Susan attend the play. In the middle of the production, an actor is shot and killed and so a homicide investigation begins.
Spenser decides to interview each board member. This straight forward process turns complicated whe ...more
What started out as an investigation of a murder turned into a story involving stalking, kidnapping, gang activity, smuggling, intimidation and mental illness (I'm sure I've left something out).
The problem with this unabridged audio book was the reader. It's not that the reader read badly, but his voice was inappropriate for this book and character. While Spenser is written as a 6'1", 215 (or so) poun ...more
A long, boring, rambling play is cut short when the lead actor is shot dead with a .22, and it can only get worse from there! Action takes you to Boston's Chinatown, Port City, Concord, and back again, with more twists then the lemo ...more
In a shabby waterfront town, an actor is shot dead onstage. Granted, the script left much to be desired. But there's more behind the scenes than an overzealous critic—and Spenser and Hawk are combing Port City's underworld to find it...
In a shabby waterfront town, an actor is shot dead onstage. As Spenser combs Port City's underworld for answers, he encounters an unpredictable cast of lovers, liars, killers and clowns--whose multiple motives constitute a master class in distinguishing reality
Anyway, I read this in the summer of '97. This was my first Sepnser book. That summer, my family had a memebership to our town's waterpark and this was my "beach read". I still have this copy and it smells like Hawaiian Tropic sunblock:)
I love the Spenser series. It's fun, smart, fast paced, and easy to read for times you only have a lunch hour and need to re ...more
It sounds like it should have been good, but it fell a little flat. It felt like Parker was reaching on this one, trying to create a more complex plot. It was fine as stories go, but not Spenser at his best.
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