Sudden Mischief (Spenser #25)
Susan’s ex-husband Brad had come to her complaining about a sexual harassment lawsuit that could bankrupt him, and Susan thinks the obvious thing to do is to have her boyfriend look into it. As Spenser repeatedly observes, “This thing showed every sign of not working out well for me.”
Despite being aware of how messy it could get, Spenser goes off to do Susan’s bidding, but...more
I would not say that Robert B. Parker is my favorite Author, nor is he the most accomplished, but by God I'd struggle through life without him.
I read a lot of pulp and classic hard-boiled crime and am always searching and trying new authors (mainly because the lord of them all - Raymond Chandler, did not write enough!). I have various successes with each of these and sometimes they spawn a new love with a particular author. More often however, these authors ar...more
Another enjoyable Spenser This time with the ex of Susan... the flake: Brad Sterling, ne Baruch Silverman. Oy , what we do for assimilation. I do like the broosers showing up and getting whoooped. And Hawk, do need a Hawk fix periodically. A wonderful antidote to reality.
These books are designed for one-stop reading. They take three hours, give or take for your reading speed, and are meant to be devoured by the fire with a bo...more
I am on the verge of deciding that late 90s Spenser is the 'heart of the canon,' at the risk of sounding pretentious. Barring that, I do feel that the three novel written in that period including Small Vices, Sudden Mischief, and Hush Money are about as good as Spenser gets, (and that makes them very good indeed).
In this novel, Spenser is asked to help Susan's ex husband, Brad Silver, who is the target of a sexual harassment lawsuit Brad claims is groundless. But Brad seems...more
Although the overall story is nothing new (people get killed, Spenser investigates, crimes get solved), what really makes this book one of the best Spenser no...more
Susan Silverman's ex doesn't call himself "Silverman" anymore--he's changed his name to "Sterling." And that's not the only thing that's phony about him. A do-gooding charity fundraiser, he's been accused of sexual harassment by no less than four different women. And not long after Spenser starts investigating, Sterling is wanted for a bigger charge: murder...
and Susan. The issue of this book is a false accusation of sexual
harassment. The first few chapter ended with Spenser saying a line that
I'm going to use a lot in my life (unfortunately): THIS THING SHOWED
EVERY SIGN OF NOT WORKING OUT WELL FOR ME. There were other observations I liked: We sat and looked into the fire and were quiet
together. I liked it. It wasn't an absence of conversation, it was
the presence of quiet. AND: I like...more
I've celebrated other books in the series for the deep dive into characters like Hawk and Spenser, but in Sudden Mischief, we get to know Susan more deeply. Oddly, this is done with her rarely appearing. Susan's ex-husband appears asking for help and she asks Spenser to save him. This is an emotionally complex request for both of them. Spenser handles it just like one would expect, but the complexities for Susan are illuminating.
On the weight of the st...more
But then the ex goes missing, a murdered man shows up in his office, various mobsters and hoods get involved, and all of a sudden Spenser must figure out what's going on, despite Susan's troubles with it.
Some great one-liners in this, and a wonderful depiction of Spenser and Susan's relationship,...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