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Rough Weather (Spenser #36)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,659 Ratings  ·  373 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.
ebook, 304 pages
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
Bill  Kerwin
Feb 06, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The best Spenser novel in years, featuring Spenser's most dangerous menace, The Gray Man. This novel is somewhat unusual in that it is is a Why-Done-It (we know from the beginning who done it), and Susan is much less irritating than usual. All in all, nicely done.
Jan 16, 2011 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Jun 02, 2013 Keith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Joe  Noir
Far from the best of the Spenser novels, this one is still fun and entertaining.

A forty something socialite, famous for being famous and marrying rich men, hires Spenser as arm candy for her daughter’s wedding on her private island off the coast of Massachusetts. Spenser brings Susan along. The Gray Man arrives. Is he an invited guest? A hurricane expected to miss the area bears down on the island, and during the ceremony the Gray Man shoots and kills the pastor and the groom. With Spenser’s rel
May 13, 2014 Rich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 05, 2014 Metagion rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 15, 2009 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 07, 2010 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 -
Beth Allen
Jan 11, 2009 Beth Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Aug 02, 2015 Mei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Enjoyed this one, there was a lot of chemistry between the leads. One of the better ones!
Charlie G
Jun 15, 2014 Charlie G rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
David Ward
Rough Weather (Spenser Novel #36) by Robert B. Parker (G.P. Putnam's Sons 2008)(Fiction - Mystery) is, I believe, the best of the Spenser novels I've read. Spenser is hired to serve at a wedding of the super rich in which the bride is kidnapped and the groom is murdered at the altar. The book features Hawk and Spenser as a team facing Spenser's long-time nemesis the Gray Man. This is excellent fiction! My rating: 7.5/10, finished 3/5/11.
Aug 06, 2014 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  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
Jul 13, 2015 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We liked it – probably a little more than our three-star rating reflects…

In “Rough”, a late (#36) entry in Parker’s original 39-book set, Spenser is hired to be sort of a paid “companion” to Heidi Bradshaw, an oft married gold-digger wealthy from all her ex’s; mostly to attend her daughter’s wedding (along with Susan). Even before the vows, there is great violence, deaths, and the kidnapping of the bride to be – and the Gray Man (Rugar), a Spenser adversary in several previous tales, seems to b
Feb 19, 2015 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the Spenser novels when they first came out, but I lost interest in the nineties when it seemed to me that Parker was just phoning them in. A Goodreads friend recommended this one as one of the best in years (there were only a couple more before Parker died), and it certainly had its moments. There was some clever repartee (the main strength of the earlier ones), and Spenser and Hawk were as good as ever. But I anticipated the big plot reveal long before it was revealed, and unlike my Go ...more
Nov 20, 2008 Nette rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 09, 2010 Yeva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 02, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alan Mills
Jul 04, 2016 Alan Mills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
Another tour de force in the Spencer series, by Robert Parker. Spencer seems to be over his dark introspection period, Hawk is back, and the repartee is hilarious as ever.

In this installment, Spencer is hired to escort a rich woman at her daughter's island wedding. During the wedding, a shadowy figure from Spenser's pass--the Gray Man--shows up, ten people die, and the bride is kidnapped. As Spencer begins to poke around, it quickly becomes apparent that nothing is quite what it seems--why no ra
Jun 02, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Boston Globe said "razor-sharp dialog, crisply etched characters, and high-wire narrative tension: Rough Weather once again proves that Robert B. Parker is a force of nature".

I've said it before, but nobody writes dialog like Parker. The imitators who have continued his series can't match it. As usually Spenser the detective is flippant and literary, Hawk his partner is curt and insightful and Susan, his partner in the other sense of the word is Susan. The bad guys are bad and the crime is c
Michael Delugg
Aug 07, 2015 Michael Delugg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes bad guys make the best good guys.

While this story sometimes borders on the absurd, the incurable romantic in me loved it. Maybe that's one reason I enjoy reading Spenser. He, Susan, Hawk, Quirk, and yes, often the bad guys too... They all evoke some compassion in me.

This isn't Spenser at his most cutting best, and normally I wouldn't give this read more than 4 stars, but when I finished reading it, I felt like I had been served a nice whiskey. Our at least a tasty dessert.

If you're
Jun 24, 2013 Joseph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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"
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
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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
Dec 27, 2008 ayrdaomei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
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
Feb 16, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#36 in the Spenser series. Spenser once again encounters the "Gray Man", last seen in #24 Small Vices (1997).

Spenser is hired to accompany a woman to her daughter's wedding. After the couple says "I Do" the chapel is invaded by a group of armed men led by Ruger, the Gray Man. Ruger kills the minister and the groom and abducts the bride, escaping by helicopter. When Spenser starts to investigate, Ruger warns him off; but Spenser's response is to enlist the help of Hawk.
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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.
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