The Professional (Spenser #38)
Once upon a time there was a crime writer named Robert B. Parker, and in the early ‘70s, he started a line of books about a P.I. named Spenser. The books were good and the critics loved him and deemed him the heir to Raymond Chandler. He wrote about a dozen of these books and everything was great for him and his readers.
Then disaster struck. His wife...more
Spenser swings into action, along with the usual cast of...more
The usual snappy TV dialogue reminiscent of the old Spenser for Hire show coupled with a much more introspective Spenser. I'll always hear Robert Urich and Avery Brooks doing the dialogue. A fast read, thanks to larger print and lots of white space; finished in less than 12 hours of reading time.
A storyline that seemed to drag itself out, as if it didn't want to end; much like the "case" Spenser worked on with a lot of free time on his hands. A little too much Susan and not enough of the smart,...more
Parker has written over 50 books, perhaps half of which feature Spenser et al. While Parker seems to becoming ever more economical as a writer -- the book must be published in 20 point f...more
Spenser is hired by a lawyer representing four blackmail victims, and he brings along the usual cast of characters: his PhD girlfriend Susan,...more
Spenser is back with a different type of mystery, and not necessarily for the better. I'm a big fan of a younger, tougher Spenser. A Spenser that was hassled by the cops, fought with the bad guys and generally spent his time wisecracking himself into and out of tough scrapes.
Sadly, The Professional is not that. This one is filled full of relationship discussions (I think Oprah actually moderated some of the scenes!), including more of the endless talk between Sp...more
He's hired by one of them to look into the affairs of a bunch of other women (of as yet undetermined int...more
A knock on Spenser's office door can only mean one thing: a new case. This time the visitor is a local lawyer with an interesting story. Elizabeth Shaw specializes in wills and trusts at the Boston law fir...more
Of course Susan Silverman is there to help Spenser understand some of the psychological problems involved. Hawk shows up but unfortunately he doesn't have much to do in...more
Even after finishing the book, I'm not sure who the title The Professional refers to. The story is a bit of a mess but there was the standard cast of characters.
What starts out as a blackmail scheme (as per the back of the book) gets resolve...more
Spenser gets hired by a group of women that are all married to older rich men and they all had a sexual relation with the same man. This man decided to blackmail them and they all cannot have their nice lives ruined by their lover.
As expected all is not as black and white as one would expect. And Spenser starts his...more
I think with this one, however, I am through with Spenser and Parker. This is the second bad story in a row.
In a very odd tale that has Spenser working for no money or client, we find him standing with the offender: a serial user of women married to much older, wea...more
Eisenhower. They are all married to older men in prominent positions who know nothing about their extra curricular activities. The affairs are about to be revealed because Eisenhower is blackmailing them and the huge amount of money in payoffs can not be kept secret much longer. Gary has been making audio and video tapes of their t...more
This one was up to his high standards as he takes on, as clients, four married women who are being blackmailed by a recent lover, Gary Eisenhower. At least that's one of his names. He is tasked with getting Eisenhower to stop because the women can't afford to pay forever but do not want their husbands to find ou...more
This may be his last case, as the author died a week ago today. I hope not; I hope one or more two are still in the pipe . . . 'tis a consummation devoutly to be wished. This tale finds Spenser helping a group of women, each of whom are bein...more
I picked up one by Robert B. Park, the author I'd heard of but had never read before. I tried Parker's The Professional (a Spenser mystery). After reading only a couple of pages, I was hooked.
The setup is a common one in classic American detective fiction. The opening scene as an ex-cop turned private eye, Spenser, sitting in his office waiting for someone to come in and lay a case on his desk. It happens right away, and the action moves q...more
There has been a sense in recent years of Parker writing on autopilot but even then sustaining his status among the best of his particular trade. The Professional may not be the best of the...more
A local lawyer hires Spencer to meet with four of her clients. These four women are each married to an older, wealthy man. They have also each been having an affair with, and are now being blackmailed by the same man, Gary Eisenhower, and they want Spencer to end the threat. Or do they? One woman’s husband is n...more
I think I want my Spencer to be single, killing bad guys, and bedding hot babes than talking to his girl friend about how sex and love are inseparable to long lasting happiness and satisfaction. I don't need to read about my...more
Parker writes in the style of Chandler and as a matter of fact, even completed one of Chandlers unfinished novels, Poodle Springs. A friend of mine criticizes me for reading this light fluffy stuff and says I need to read serious literature. Well I have read quite a lot of se...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