Back Story (Spenser #30)
In Robert B. Parker's most popular series, an unsolved thirty-year-old-murder draws the victim's daughter out of the shadows for overdue justice-and lures Spenser into his own past, old crimes, and dangerous lives.
Paul Giacomin, the closest thing Spenser has to a son, brings a young actress named Daryl to the detective for help. Daryl’s mother was killed in the midst of a bank robbery in 1974 by a group of militant radicals, but no one was ever arrested for the crime. Spenser takes on the case as a favor to Paul, a...more
So too is Robert B. Parker’s “Back Story.” It has been nearly two years since this wonderful author has passed away. It seems like less time because he was prolific and had several novels in the pipeline. There are also two new incarnations with Ace Atkins taking Spenser forwarded (quite favorably, as reviewed here) and Michael Brandman breathi...more
The reader of my audio books makes a difference too. I love listening to Joe Mantegna and I know he played a big part in why I enjoyed Back Story so much. I also loved the Spencer for Hire TV show. Why has it taken me so long to read the books? In Back Story, the character...more
I read this book long ago, but couldn't pass up the audio performance by Joe Mantegna. He's a perfect Spencer! Paul is an adult in this one and brings in a woman friend - Darryl Silver (Gordon) who wants Spencer to investigate the 28-year old murder of her mother. All is not as it seems and Spenser goes way beyond the call of duty for his payment of 6 Krispy Kreme donuts! He gets philosophical with Susan. He bring Hawke in for backup and the two make the world safe...more
Another good mid-career Spenser novel; the right amount of action, soul searching, and detecting. Spenser is hired by a young woman named Darryl to solve her mother's murder; Mom died when Darryl was about six. The death occurred during a bank robbery--a sort of Patty Hurst style robbery to defeat the Establishment that flourished in the late sixties, early seventies. The more Spenser digs, the more he discovers that there was a cover up engineered by an FBI agent who was...more
Daryl's mother, Emily Gordon, was killed during the course of a bank robbery. Daryl insists that her mother was in the bank for perfectly legitimate and innocent reasons, "like cashing...more
Narrator: Joe Mantegna
Publisher: Random House Audio, 2003
Length: 5 hours and 24 min.
Spenser tries to solve a 30-year-old murder as a favor to an old friend in the brilliant new mystery from the Grand Master.
In 1974, a revolutionary group calling itself the Dread Scott Brigade held up the old Shawmut Bank in Boston's Audubon Circle. Money was stolen. And a woman named Emily Gordon, a visitor in town cashing traveler's checks, was shot and killed. No o...more
In 1974, a revolutionary group calling itself The Dread Scott Brigade held up the Old Shawmut Bank in Boston's Audubon Circle. Money was stolen. And a woman named Emily Gordon, a visitor in town cashing traveler's checks, was shot and killed. No one saw who shot her. Despite security-camera photos and a letter from the group claiming responsibility, the perpetrators have remained at large for nearly three decades. Enter Paul Giacomin, the closest thing to a son...more
Parker made it look easy, it wasn't and isn't, I miss him.
This is one of the funniest Spenser books. The dialogue between he and Hawk, especially is a hoot. Not to say that there's no action. Spenser, true to form, has guys trying to kill him several times. Really, though, it's all about the characters and their witty ba...more
I'll spare the plot details as the other reviewers have already covered the gist of those.
One of the best bargin book pickups I ever made. Parker's writing style is spare, and almost entirely dialog driven. However, I have never read an author that can set so much mood and setting with so little actual writing.
Parker doesn't disappoint.
This Spenser novel has more action than many I have read. Good book.
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