Rough Weather (Spenser, #36)
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Rough Weather (Spenser #36)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  4,366 ratings  ·  317 reviews
Hired as a bodyguard at an exclusive society wedding, Spenser witnesses an unexpected crime: the kidnapping of the young bride, which opens the door for murder, family secrets, and the reappearance of an old nemesis.
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Published October 21st 2008 by Putnam Adult (first published 2008)
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Wealthy Heidi Bradshaw made her money the old fashioned way, by marrying and divorcing rich men. She wants Spenser to escort her to her daughter’s wedding on a ritzy private island she owns even thought she already has a security force. Spenser takes the job and brings his girlfriend Susan along. Shortly after they arrive on the island, Spenser sees an old frenenemy of his. Rugar (a/k/a The Gray Man) is an international assassin who very nearly killed Spenser once although the two eventually mad...more
Since it's almost summer, beach reading season is here and this is good beach material. Robert B. Parker's detective hero Spenser finds himself entangled in a mass murder that takes place during a very upscale wedding ceremony on a very upscale island and he becomes laser focused on solving the mysterious circumstances leading up to why it all took place. Although I prefer Jesse Stone to Spenser, this one is still fun and the glib dialog and entertaining characterizations are a hoot. A light, qu...more
I read this on my flight to live in Italy for a period. I loved it, and I was frustrated by it at the same time. As I read it, I remembered why I love Parker so much: the tight use of language, not only Spenser's banter, but his ability to pack a lot of information and imagery into a few words with an clarity of vision that other writers never accomplish in twice the words. He pays tribute to the noir detective novels from the heyday of Hamell, and Ross McDonald (he was selected McDonald's estat...more
This is typical for the Spenser series--but that's good. You can't help but like this series even after 36 books. Usual minimalist banter. Undone ending though. Who cares--it's Spenser.
In this edition of Spenser he's hired by one of High Society's dolls, a woman by the name of Heidi Bradshaw, for a three-day social event at her palatial estate off the coast of Massachusetts. Seems like an easy assignment: not so much a bodyguard as eye candy, to escourt Ms. Bradshaw around for the social event of the year: the marriage of her daughter Adelaide to a young man named Maurice Lessard, of the pharmaceutical company's (and vast dealings) Lessard family; a marriage of hearts, minds (...more
Jan 16, 2011 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime Fiction fans
Another Robert B. Parker winner as Spenser, his irreverent P.I., becomes involved in a complicated mystery by agreeing to be a body guard to the Mother-of-the-Bride at a high Society wedding held on a remote Island near Boston. At the wedding, he sees an old enemy, The Grey Man, whose last name either is or isn't Rugar. The wedding is interrupted by a kidnapping and a number of murders in the middle of a horrendous storm. The plot proceeds from there to a semi-happy conclusion in which all the l...more
I have been a fan of Robert B. Parker's for years now, so take that into consideration when reading my review.

Taking an 'average' Spenser novel as 3 stars and an excellent one as 5 (I am biased, like I said!) "Rough Weather" rates a 4.

"Rough Weather" is an excellent read in its own right, though this is more of a 'story arc' Spenser novel than a 'stand alone' tale. I have read through the Spenser novels out of order (and have many yet to go), thus this book was my first introduction to Ruger -...more
Beth Allen
By my count, Robert B. Parker has written thirty-six Spenser novels, and I've read every one of them at least once.

I've read many 2-3 times, because I found them so satisfying.


It's the characters.

My favorite books all star characters I would like to know personally.

I care about them, like they were friends, or blogging buddies.

Rough Weather did not disappoint this Robert B. Parker fan, only left her wanting more.

I need to keep up with Spenser, Hawk, Susan, Healy, Quirk, and bad guy Rugar.

Charlie G
The novel that I read this term was Rough Weather by Robert B. Parker. This Spencer novel is a story about how a private investigator, Mr. Spencer, (his first name is never revealed) gets involved with the kidnapping of Heidi Bradshaw`s daughter and the murder of her son in law. Heidi asks Spencer to attend her daughter, Adelaide`s, wedding and keep her safe, which seems very suspicious to Spencer. When he is there “The Grey Man” (Rugar) shows up with a team of trained and armed men to kidnap H...more
Aug 06, 2014 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Robert B. Parker
Oh, how I loved the television show, Spenser for Hire as a teenager of the 80s. So when I see these books, I think that I will like them. And I do, mostly, for what they are. They are gritty, violent, and often center on life in and around Boston.

This is a fairly typical book for the series, I'm sure, and I was hoping that listening to Joe Montegna narrate the story on CD would make the dialogue a bit less cheesy. If anything, I think it made it worse. I think that I could overlook the constant...more
I only got through a few chapters of this one because Susan Silverman, Spensers's lady friend, IS THE DEVIL. And she's all over this book like germs on a shopping card handle. Susan is easily the most annoying secondary character in the entire history of American literature, from her barely-hidden anorexia to her obsession with clothes. KILL HER OFF.
Rough Weather was great. The storms, both external and internal, were depicted realistically and dramatically. Give me a bit of drama any day. Mr. Parker was able to weave the serious and the tongue in cheek together to make his Spenser series exciting and amusing.
I have been reading some Robert B Parker stuff for a couple of weeks now, Jesse Stone, Sunny Randall and now Spenser. So when I came across some more books in the library I just grabbed them and brought them home. In Rough Weather I wasn’t expecting a comedy but the dialogue was splattered with as many funny antidotes from many of the characters as there was blood from the many victims. Spenser was hired to attend a very up market wedding on a private island his job was to be a spare husband for...more
I really enjoyed this spenser book. So sad that I have now read all the ones currently available. I wonder if he had any more completed manuscripts before he died. I will miss him terribly I love all this books.
This book quickly became one of my least favorite Robert B. Parker books, and is probably my least favorite Spenser book.

The story feels very contrived and very unreal. The opening scenes at the wedding presented a good starting point for a non-typical Spenser yarn, but the "Die Hard" like plot I expected to follow evaporated rather quickly into a typical Spenser walk around annoying people until someone tries to kill you story-line.

Also, one comes to expect a level of "talking about feelings"...more
Bill Williams
Rough Weather (Spenser #36) is a fairly unconventional for one of Parker's novels in that there is a big action scene early on in the work. It is a big over the top, out of control action sequence so out of place for the series that the rest of the novel wonders why it was there in the first place and how it snuck into the story.

The story starts with a woman hiring Spenser to provide additional security for her at her daughter's High Society wedding. So, Spenser takes a date to the action and th...more
He's b-a-a-a-c-k. The hard-hitting, wise-cracking, poetry-quoting, gourmet-cooking Boston PI is in top form in this new case. What starts as a simple bodyguard job in a church wedding turns into a violent, murder spree when the Gray man shows up at the ceremony and kills the guards, the groom, and the minister then abducts the bride. He made one mistake, he left Spenser alive to track him down again.
Several books back, the Gray man almost kills Spenser. But Spenser is not an easy man to kill; wi...more
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ROUGH WEATHER (PI-Spenser-Massachusetts-Cont) – VG+
Parker, Robert B. – 36th in series
Putnam, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780399155192

First Sentence: If I rolled my chair back into the window bay behind my desk, I could look up past the office buildings and see the sky.

Spenser is hired by Heidi Bradshaw to “support” her at her daughter’s wedding on a private island off Massachusetts. Shortly after he and Susan arrive, Rugar, the Gray Man, Spenser’s nemesis from “Small Vices” appears. The wedding...more
Rough Weather is the latest in Robert B. Parker's long line of mystery novels involving his private detective Spenser (36 titles and counting). I'd recommend it only to people who are already fans of this series. It's a tremendous improvement over last year's Now & Then, but I found the end a bit unsatisfying. Parker used to be better at telling a more complete story, but lately, he seems to enjoy leaving us with a lot to wrap up ourselves. Still, points for a plot that at least kept me inte...more
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I read a Robert Chandler book (Poodle Springs) that Robert Parker had finished and enjoyed it so I figured I’d read something by him as a solo author. While the storyline appeared interesting - a kidnapping and murders at a high profile wedding, I found the storyline lacking. All the “action” came through the terse conversational dialogue which made short chapters. Ultimately the plot was predictable and it was an easy read.

"[The school:] occupied all of a big Civil War-era estate in Ashfield. Which is not too far from Deerfield, where there had been a massacre once. It was, as far as I could tell, the last excitement they'd had out there." Another good Parker weekend read. It started out looking like another over-the-top entry in the Spenser series. I am not a fan of them (i.e. Catskill Eagle) as much as I am of the more personal, intimate stories. In the end though, this turned out to be pretty good. It had a mor...more
Eric Wright
Do you every read an author from whose books, you've earlier taken the cure? Well Parker is one that I gave up on some time ago. But when you're tired and getting over weeks to pain from an infected tooth, you want something easy and entertaining to read. So....

As per usual Spenser the brawny private Bostan eye and his gorgeous Pys girl frien go through their usual shenangans. A few dead bodies, a few close calls and Hawk is called into protect Spenser from ? Special restaurants mentioned here...more
What can you say about a writer who can conjure up the likes of Spenser as well as Hawk. Their repartee is the hook and the plots and additional characters reel you in. Anyone who has lived in Boston will particularly enjoy the settings and characters. I am trying to finish up reading every single one of the Spenser series. Almost done!
Troy Taylor
The Gray Man is back to test Spenser. An enjoyable romp in the private detective's Boston universe. The opening action sequence was stunning, and Spenser and Susan are in the middle of it. Unlike a lot of Spenser novels, though, this one doesn't build. Rather, it keeps an even keel on the pacing after the strong opening.
Rough Weather, like all the Spenser novels that came before it, is among the best of the private-eye genre. It's a smart combination of whodunit-and-why mixed with dead-pan, wise-acre humor and mucho machismo. Private eye Spenser is the perfect hero, not only consummately tough, but smart, sensitive and an earnest romantic as well. He finds himself pursuing a case in which he does not have to deduce who did it--because it was committed right in front of him. Rather, his personal quest becomes on...more
This was a fast and fun read. Lots of white space on the pages, lots of dialogue, short chapters--a great escape read. I'm really getting to be a Spenser fan. The plot was pretty far-fetched and a lot of folks died with one bullet to the middle of the head--so I am wondering why did I enjoy it so much?
Pretty good Spenser; everything for the long term fan. Spenser is approached by Heidi Bradshaw, a well known Boston socialite, to provide additional security at her daughter's wedding. But Ruger, Spenser's long-time nemesis (knowna s the Gray Man), shows up, kidnaps the daughter, shoots the groom, and disappears. Heidi doesn't seem too worried, and orders Spenser not to "interfere" and orders him not to try and find the daughter. Honor-bound Spenser tries to find her anyway . . .

Typical, in the...more
Strong start. Best Spenser novel in a while.
By my count Rough Weather may be the 35th Spenser novel. As others have noted, the traditional elements of a Spenser novel are here - Susan and Spenser's deep discussions about Spenser's code of honor, Spenser and Hawk trading witty banter, Spenser pulling at the loose ends of the case until someone tries to kill him. It's a formula, but I like the formula.

The book starts out differently and with much more action than is normal in a Spenser book and I...more
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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....more
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