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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  692 ratings  ·  48 reviews
"A novel of violence, crisp dialogue, and suspense . . . the reader is immediately caught up in the ambience of danger." -- The Boston Globe

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 15th 1980 by Dell (first published 1979)
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James Elliot Leighton
If this had been my first exposure to Robert B. Parker's work I would not have read another of his offerings. The plot is amateurish, naive & simplistic, the characters elicit no empathy nor are they even likeable. They react in ways that are improbable from a socio-psychological point of view. If I had a wife who acted the way this woman did, I'd gift wrap her and sent her to the bad guys with a note suggesting they finish the job.

In real life a Ruger Blackhawk, a bulky, difficult to conce
I'm a little surprised that this book is so highly rated on Goodreads. This was my least favorite JBP book that I've read. It was written in the 1970's, and that ethos is throughout the book. Almost all of the characters are jerks. There's no one you really pull for. The main character is a 40-something-year-old author who thought about raping his wife when he walks in and finds her bound and gagged. Ohhhh-kay. And his wife can do nothing but belittle him and basically spit on him. When they are ...more
Very disappointing from one of my top five favorite authors. I am soooo glad this wasn't the first Robert B Parker book I'd ever read, because I'd never read another after this one. It was terrible & I'm a big RBP fan.

The plot was improbable. In less than 24 hours plans were hatched to kill the murderer & his accomplices & a next-door neighbor agreed immediately to the plan for vigilantism. There were ZERO likable or sympathetic characters, including the 'protagonists' who were all
last 50 pages are the meat!
Since I've read all the Parker books that are a part of a series, I'm
now reading all his other books. This was written in 1979 and is about
a man who witnesses a murder commited by a professional mobster. Then
his life is threatened. The pressures and stresses of his situation
convince him that he himself will have to kill the mobster. There's a
big chase in the woods of Maine where he's joined by his wife and a
friend. The wife has also been victimized, so she's really committed to
allieviating this
I ordered this by accident, thinking it was an early Spencer. Sadly, it wasn't. I'm not quite sure what it was - some kind of thriller, Lord-of-The-Flies type story about man's descent into violence (man witnesses murder, man's wife is threatened by mobster, man, wife and psycho friend decide to take matters into their own hands and plot revenge)...

Quite apart from the basic story line, there is some random psychological stuff going on, exploring the relationship between the man and his wife, th
Scott Kelley
Feb 26, 2010 Scott Kelley rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parker fans
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Either I've read this before or something else with a similar theme. Various portions seemed familiar.

Aging author Newman witnesses a murder in the woods on one of hs daily runs. He goes to the police and somehow the bad guy finds out. Before he gets home the goons have broken in his house and tied up his wife. This scared him off so he went back to recant his statement.

He talks to his crazy ex-military, ex-athlete neighbor friend about it all. This guy is itching for action, bored of his monoto
Cathy DuPont
Mar 22, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Cathy by: Vanessa, best bookseller around
Reviewing The Robert B. Parker Companion, I realized that I had read this book a few years ago. The description (there is a short synopsis of every book written by Parker) not the title reminded me that I had read it.

This was before mine(and Jeff's) effort to read the entire Spenser series so Robert B. Parker just didn't click with me at the time. If I remember right, my favortie bookseller, Vanessa, suggested it knowing I love mysteries. Just see how you like his writing, I'm sure she said.

Bruce Snell
This is one of Parker's stand alone books - written in 1979 - without Spenser or any other recurring Parker character. Aaron Newman witnesses a murder, and after he reports it to the police, his wife is assaulted in their home, and left tied to the bed, naked, as a warning to what he saw. At the urging of his wife and a neighbor, Newman decides to seek his revenge by killing the mobster who committed the murder. That culminates in a chase thru the wilderness with Newman and his wife hunting five ...more
Novelist Aaron Newman witnesses a murder while out running in the woods. Aaron and his wife Janet have to take steps to protect themselves when they become embroiled in a world of intimidation and violence.

The plot to this vigilente styled thriller was quite far fetched and it's difficult to generate any sympathy towards characters when you don't find them very likeable.

Janet and Aaron had been married for twenty plus years but there wasn't any chemistry/dynamics between them, therefore it was d

In the first paragraph of this book we get a feel for who the character is AND witness a crime. I love that. Such a great opening, no wasted words.

I read a lot of Rober Parker's Spenser books back in the 80's and I must have read Wilderness around the same time. The whole thing seemed a little familiar as I went through it.

The biggest problem I have with the book is with the main characters. They're really not very likeable. If they had been killed, I'm not sure that I would have
A good Robert B. Parker book, as usual. Slightly unusual in that it's a stand alone story; not part of one of his series. Beyond that it's standard fare - an excellent story, well told.

Robert B. Parker is known for his series of mystery novels featuring the wisecracking private detective, Spenser. *Wilderness*, published in 1979, is one of Parker's very few stand-alone, non-series books. It's a straightforward revenge tale told with (for Parker) an unusual amount of grit and suspense, and a notable absence of humor. If you're a Parker fan and you've been wondering about this book, imagine a cross between Elmore Leonard's *52 Pickup* and Lawrence Block's *Deadly Honeymoon", mos
Albert Lowe
I found this book to be the weakest Parker story I have ever read.
Thomas Roth
Early writing attempt with the good guy bruiser. Somewhat disjointed but still a strong ending.
Jonathan Watkins
Parker was just out of the gate with this stand alone story about a man who sees something he wasn't supposed to, and who spends the rest of the book fighting against the mob, his wife's disdain, and his own doubts about his manhood. It's lean and moves fast, both hallmarks of Parker's writing. If you're a fan of Spenser or Parker's other series, but haven't found this little-known gem from the beginning of his career, I recommend it.
Hugh T. Singleton
Great satisfaction well put.

A fast moving story that satisfies the desire to exact a full measure
of justice for dark, vicious acts of violence.

Michael Laflamme
Hideous writing. Hideous plot. Hard to believe Parker wrote something this lame. The characters are unbelievable and unlikable. The dialog is stilted. The character motivations ridiculous. Parker probably died of embarrassment when he found out it was being re-released. I'm glad this isn't the first Parker I ever read. If it was I never would have gone on to read another.
It took me until page 63 to realize that Spenser was not going to show up in this book. I'm trying very hard to read the Spenser books in order that this one slipped in there. This book is about how a seemingly wimpy emotional man tracks down and kills five thugs in the woods of Maine with the help of his friend and wife. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
Tyler Cole
This was one of Parker's earlier novels and held my attention to the very end. The style is different than his more recent work but that certainly didn't distract from my total involvement. The story was fast paced and had a twist with every turn of the page. The characters are real and the story puts you in the action. Great book.
I loved these spencer novels. the ccharcters were great - Susan, The black buddy, Spencer, fine dining and Boston, Back Bay, all kinds of places in New England, The North Shore, New Hampshire, Beacon HIll and Southie... all places I know intimately. I think I read at least ten of this series way way back in the 80's, this one included.
I'm surprised i've not read this Parker before.I It was to part of any of the Parker series.
It felt much more psychological that most of the Parker books.
I couldn't put it down. It might have helped that I am on vacation. Someone wrote in the
book margins and was quite critical of Parker. the volume became interactive.
I read this because it popped up in the available ebooks at the library, and I miss Parker's Spenser series. I never took to the principal characters, but the book was gripping and kept me reading until the wee hours. That hasn't happened for quite awhile! It is indeed a page turner, if a morally troubling one.
A man witnesses a murder and the murderer sends his thugs to send him a message by roughing up the guy's wife. The witness decides instead of living scared to try and take matters into his own hands.

It has a lot of language and some sex scene's but is very good. I love this author.
Douglas Castagna
Reading history backwards is never a good thing, and neither is comparing what must have been a taught and tense book to some of todays work. Even comparing this to Spenser, the story falls flat. I would recommend reading any Spenser book or Jesse stone before you grabe this one.
Edmond Stevens
Another book read for possible adaptation; worked with Richard Dreyfuss on this project. Had heard from a reliable source that he had an amazing porn collection but could never muster the nerve to ask about it.
Chris White
good book, short and a little choppy, predictable dialogue but down to the point, great story and detail. Recommend for a quick weekend read with a good amount of action.
Seems to be early Parker. Same clipped dialog ,but longer chapters. Very lord of the flies. Good guy, becomes a bad guy in a sense and gets away with it. He's no spencer.
Character study of a writer and his wife. Unhappy in their marriage, they must learn to work together after the husband witnesses a murder and is pursued by the killer.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database named Robert B. Parker.
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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