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Silent Night (Spenser #41.5)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,347 Ratings  ·  309 Reviews
It’s December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the menu for Christmas dinner when he’s confronted in his office by a young boy named Slide.  Homeless and alone, Slide has found refuge with an organization named Street Business, which gives shelter and seeks job opportunities for the homeless and lost.  Slide’s mentor, Jackie Alvarez, is being threatened, and Street ...more
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published October 22nd 2013 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Jason Koivu
I decided to include one of Robert B. Parker's Spencer books as one of my Christmas reads. Not a lot of time is spent on Christmas related details upon the pages of Silent Night and that's all right by me! One doesn't want to become too saturated in that holly jolly bs!

Silent Night is not one of Parker's best. It's not baaad per se, it's just not good. It is, as the experts say, good enough.

Boston-based private investigator Spencer is tasked with discovering who is trying to put an end to a you
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Mark
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Spenser the PI
When Robert B Parker died this story was in the works by him, his Spenser Christmas story. His literary agent since 1978, also a close friend of the Parker family offered to finish the book. And thus we have some of Robert B. Parker and some of Helen Brann.

All the usual suspects are in the story that plays around Christmas in Boston and concerns a charity that works with runaways and street kids. These kids and the charity seem to get hassled by some folks that want them out of the neighbourhood
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Sue
It's been nice to be back with Robert Parker again, with the assist of his long-time editor Helen Brann who completed the manuscript he was working on when he died. Though in some ways the story seemed a bit slight, Spenser, Susan, Hawk and their various friends on both sides of the law still have the same appeal and a permanent place in my heart.

As always, there are good and bad guys and Spenser will try to even the odds that the good will, if not prevail, at least survive. As always there is t
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Janie Johnson
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Chose this as my 2nd Christmas read for this month. This is book 41.5 of the Spencer series, that of which I have not yet read. After reading this one though, I decided I like Spencer as a character, as much as I like Jesse Stone. This type of character is what I describe as a laid back tough guy. They have a softer side, but look out if you cross him kind of guy.

There is not a whole lot of action in this one but it is a Christmas mystery, so I did not really expect it to be very dramatic, but
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Brent Soderstrum
This is the book Parker was writing when he passed away in 2010. A holiday Spenser novel. Really no reason it was advertised as such but for the story taking place right before Christmas. Parker's literary agent finished the book up and didn't do much to rescue a yawn of a story.

This is tale of a rich evil brother and a poor good hearted brother. Drugs v. helping the parentless youth. Good Alvarez is being forced out of a property he has built into a rescue shelter for impoverished boys. His bad
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Richard
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I don't know why we all care so much, but many stories in this genre are not especially well written. In fact, many of all fiction published is not, even though some of that is ridiculously successful.

Okay, Mr. Parker left an unfinished manuscript, and his widow okayed his long term agent and friend completing it. I think she did a good job. No, she is not Mr. Parker, but then neither are all the others writing under his name.

For me, it is time to say goodbye to an amazing man. Enough. RIP, RBP.
Larraine
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was Parker's last book. He was writing it when he died in 2010. His long time literary agent finished it, and it's pretty seamless. Parker's style was very simple which would lead some to say that it could be easily mimicked. Ace Atkins has done a good job with Spenser. In my own opinion, the Jesse Stone character has been less successful. It's impossible to know how far along the manuscript was for this one, but it really is Parker all of the way. From what I've seen of other "Christmas" b ...more
Hapzydeco
For Spenser followers this short read is a holiday treat. While Helen Braun did not insult Spenser, Ace Atkins does Spenser better.
Mike Jensen
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Parker did not get very far into his last Spenser novel before dying, so it fell to his literary agent to finish the book. She does a credible job of imitating Parker's style, though that would not be much of a challenge. He had lots of quirks that can be imitated. The plot is utterly predictable, but so were many of Parker's when he bothered with a plot at all. Indeed, the plot and its resolution, mostly the responsibility of agent Brann since Parker left no outline, is so obvious from the form ...more
Jodi
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, 2016-read
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database named Robert B. Parker.
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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“I liked the myth elements of Christmas. The way in which its origins reach back far beyond Jesus, to the rituals of people unknown to us. The celebration of the winter solstice. The coming of light in the darkest time.” 2 likes
“Susan said, “Have you given any thought to how we should spend Christmas?” “Only that we should be together.” I glanced over at the softly snoring Pearl. “With Pearl, of course. Hawk, too. Maybe” 0 likes
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