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Painted Ladies by Robert B. Parker
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Apr 19, 11

bookshelves: mystery
Read in April, 2011

I wonder, that if Robert Parker (RIP) was able to watch the tv series, he would like tv show character better then what he turned the book character into.

Spenser has always been very much a mans' man - he became a PI because he was unable to take orders; he used to box; he uses the bare-bones gym (you know, not those sissy fitness centers); he enjoys a good burger and whiskey. Or beer. Or you know, just about anything of decent quality with an alcohol content. But he is a good guy - he cooks, he protects people, he is faithful, he is an amazing dog owner.

Robert Ulrich, on the tv series, played the character well - a good blend of masculinity, with a nice touch of playfulness.

Unfortunately, he is not in the books - which, as the series has progressed, has seen Spenser turned more and more into a caricature of himself. By this book - the last one in the series - Spenser has turned entirely into a leering ape who can't get within 40 feet of a female without first dwelling on her looks for a long period of time before considering whatever else he was going to do. Such as talk to them about a murder suspect.

This was a series that was overdue to end, and probably wouldn't have on its own. So adios, and..good riddance.

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