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All Our Yesterdays

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,308 ratings  ·  86 reviews
They were the Sheridan men, ruled by passion, betrayed by love, heirs to a legacy of violence and forbidden desire. Gus, Boston's top homicide cop: he knew equally well the backroom politics of City Hall and the private passions of the very rich, a man haunted by the wanton courage and perilous obsessions he inherited from his father... Conn, the patriarch, a lawless cop w ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published December 1st 1995 by Dell (first published October 1st 1994)
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I read an interview with Robert B. Parker in which he said that he thought All Our Yesterdays was probably his best book, but that it was also one of his worst selling ones. It was certainly among his most ambitious and came just before his Spenser books started a serious decline in quality.

Would RBP have taken on some bigger challenges and not allowed Spenser to grow repetitive and stale if this would have been more successful? He created three new series as well as doing some other stand-alone
Lewis Weinstein
This is really an extraordinary book. I expected a typical non-memorable crime/thriller story, of which I read many. Instead, here is a brilliantly constructed multi-generational exploration of the very interesting lives of some very flawed people. And does Parker ever make me care about these people!

There was something unusual and very powerful about the structure of the story. It reached what seemed to me could have been the conclusion of a shorter novel about half-way through, at a point when
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hit by Robert B. Parker

This book has everything that a cop mystery should have. There was crooked cops, money laundering and just about the hole ten yards of a large City like Boston!

The family of Conn Sheridan was a cop family until his grandson, Chris came along. Chris went to Harvard and became a Lawyer.

The Sheridan family was intertwined with the Winslow family in Dublin in the war with the British!

After the Winslow's came to America, Conn Sheridan came also! Conn became a Cop on the
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book reminds me of a quote I saw on Facebook....."That moment when you finish a book, look around, and realize that everyone else is moving on with their though you didn't just experience emotional trauma at the hands of a book." Robert B. Parker was such an amazing writer, I'm sorry I didn't find him earlier:) This book stays with you....... ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“All Our Yesterdays” is a Robert B. Parker stand-alone novel, but it is complete in itself in a way none of his series books are. Three generations of two families intertwine in a tight knit relationship. Cops in one, the wealthy in another: both get mixed into organized crime. The story moves quickly without losing characterization, tight plot, or Parker’s tight dialogue. It’s a saga, superbly done in one medium-size novel.
Jan 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Surprise, surprise, a Robert Parker that does not feature Hawk or Spencer and does not even have a private detective. I think this is one of his best yet. Spanning three generations it follows the men of the Sheridan family, greatly flawed, who seek to redeem themselves of an obsession for violence and corruption that becomes a hex. Their lives all become entwined with the Winslows, to the detriment of all.
Conn Sheridan, the patriarch, is a young sniper for the IRA. He is assigned the assassina
Richard Uhlhorn
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have always loved Robert B Parker's Spenser novels. This book is a huge departure from his other work. I enjoyed it's complexity and can understand why he felt it was his best work. ...more
Nov 01, 2018 marked it as abandoned
I think I may have read this book before. I'm not entirely sure, but how many books have I read about the Irish Revolution? In either case, it didn't grab me so I'm moving on. ...more
Corinne H. Talbert

Narration covers three, or is it four, generations of intertwined families in a most absorbing and realistic way...I could 'feel' the emotions!
Cathy DuPont
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I've read so many RBP books, mostly the Spenser series, and I want and need to read Parker's books faster to get them off my shelf. (The shelf is sinking!)

Chose this one because it wasn't a Spenser and looked pretty interesting. Wish I could say it was.

RBP said he thought it was his best book written but I surely don't agree. The Godwulf Manuscript still resonates with me, the first in the Spenser series.

As I was reading All Our Yesterdays it occurred to me that Parker probably thought he was
Lori Johnson
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not your mommas's Robert B Parker. This is not a Spenser, Stone or Sunny Randall book. It stands alone. It is not a book I would have chosen if it wasn't a Parker book. Sex, violence and the language...whew! It was somewhat gratuitous but in a way that would be natural for a thug. The story starts with Conn Sheridan, who is a prominent member of the IRA. After Bloody Sunday, and being turned in to the English by his lover Hadley Winslow, he escapes to America and thus begins the saga of the Sher ...more
I'm re-reading all of Parker. I have about 36 books to go. I thought I was going to hate this, because at first glance it seemed to be about Ireland and "the troubles" and I wasn't in the mood to wade through "that," but in truth it's a multi-generational story where only a very little at the beginning is set in Ireland, while the rest is set in Boston past and present If anything, it shows how families can affect your life for better or no for generations in how we go back and deal with old iss ...more
Johnny Williams
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
WOW-- I Loved it-- This has to be one of Parker's best!!-- He spans several decades - of a family- and associated characters-- in a compelling-rough saga-- of intertwining lives-intrigue--and suspense-- He even manages to throw in a couple of moral lessons for us as well--

Do read it-- especially if you like Robert Parker
John Yelverton
May 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
A ho-hum mystery/drama story with extremely predictable endings which is absolutely littered with sex and profanity. I do not recommend this book at all.
James N Fulton, Jr.
Interesting way to tell the story

Very interesting plot and the historical part of the story catches up to the current time. It was an interesting way to tell the story
Jim Tees
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great story once I absorbed the characters and their intertwined lives.
Jane J. Janas, Ph.D.
I enjoyed htis story that took you through two generations of Boston detectives who made very poor choices in both their personal laves and their careers. Maybe the third generaton can finally come to terms with their mistakes and hope to have a good future for himself.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Not horrible, but not awful. Usually I like books with short chapters, but I felt this one maybe jumped around a bit too much.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Different characters. 3 generational. A bit confusing with police graft, murder, money laundering, etc.
Almost 500 pages so not his usual fast read.
Richard K Simpson
Generational and delightful

A lot more depth than Parker 's other characters and writings.
Watching each generation covering for the previous one until the end.
Doug Kaiser
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great story of three generations involving so much more than just another cop book. I would have love to see Parker write more books like this.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I absolutely hated the first generation character about a third in. Almost stopped reading it. Glad I stuck it out. I wouldn't recommend this for just anyone, but I'm a big Parker fan. ...more
Robert Peck
Good Irish-American Tale

I've always enjoyed Parker's writing. This is a classic Boston book. It spans many generations in a well connected way.
Apr 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story across three generations of men. Not the most exciting book, nor speedy, but OK. Was not what I expected from this author. It wasn't quite the beach reach I was expecting. ...more
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This book covers three generations of two families. How they interact and impact each other is the interesting part of this story.
Bob Magowan
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second time I have read this book and it was just as good the first time.
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
An extraordinary saga by Parker, not the typical Spenser novel. This is a very powerful novel following generations of two families. Outstanding. It is one of those stories you hate to see end.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Read 350 pages and I agree with the one and two star reviews, too many characters and sluggish.
Apr 29, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
3 generations of Irish men are intertwined...

Conn - 1920s - IRA soldier/soldier mentality... injured, falls in love with Hadley, a married American volunteer who will have sex with him but will not leave her rich husband for him. She turns him into the British, he escapes to Boston before executed & becomes a cop. He is emotionally cold & cut off, uncaring... he marries one of the gals he got pregnant - who punishes them all with her religious guilt for the rest of their lives... he loves his so
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is one of RBP's stand alone novels. A family saga covering most of the 20th century. A grandfather and son whose conflictual lives and mistakes along the way find redemption in the future of the grandson. The story starts in Dublin around the tumultuous early 1900's, and moves to Boston, through prohibition, and up to the later part of the century. A really good story. ...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.

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