The Professional (Spenser #37)
An unsuccessful but somewhat interesting Spenser. All the irritating Spenser things (motive-exploring dialog, Susan, the Tonto-ization of Hawk) are here, but the delightful things (snappy patter, vivid descriptions of places and people, drive-by literary allusions) are here as well.
To further complicate matters, the book's principal strength turns into its greatest weakness. Parker introduces an obvious Spenser character foil--Gary Eisenhower--whom Spenser likes and even somewhat admires. Sure, ...more
Once upon a time there was a crime writer named Robert B. Parker, and in the early ‘70s, he started a line of books about a P.I. named Spenser. The books were good and the critics loved him and deemed him the heir to Raymond Chandler. He wrote about a dozen of these books and everything was great for him and his readers.
Then disaster struck. His wife ...more
Spenser swings into action, along with the usual cast of ...more
Surprisingly sad core to this story.
Some sweet characters don't make it, some do. There's a ruthless femme fatale, and new heavies Zel and Boo. Very Of Mice and Men there, poignant in places, deeper than usual for Spenser. Hawk is around some, not much. Tony and Vinnie and a few others make a supporting appearance. The character of Tony has mellowed substantially in the last 10 books or so, but haven't we all?
Susan is not as overbearing with her ...more
The post-Poodle Springs work of Robert B. Parker have come to be known by two unifying traits. The first is unsatisfying endings. Cases solve themselves and bad guys often walk away unscathed, both because the author couldn’t find an appropriate way to bring things to a close. The second byproduct of Parker’s abandonment of plotting is filler. Is there another answer when the work has to get done but you are unsure of what should happen next? The increasing fluff and padding turned me f ...more
The "victims" hire Spenser to get Gary to knock it off. Gary declines. The women won't do anything for fear of exposure so the case kin ...more
The usual snappy TV dialogue reminiscent of the old Spenser for Hire show coupled with a much more introspective Spenser. I'll always hear Robert Urich and Avery Brooks doing the dialogue. A fast read, thanks to larger print and lots of white space; finished in less than 12 hours of reading time.
A storyline that seemed to drag itself out, as if it didn't want to end; much like the "case" Spenser worked on with a lot of free time on his hands. A little too much Susan and not enough of the smart,...more
Parker has written over 50 books, perhaps half of which feature Spenser et al. While Parker seems to becoming ever more economical as a writer -- the book must be published in 20 point f ...more
The topic of infidelity and blackmail didn't hold my attention very well. I skimmed through many parts of it in the first half. I get a bit burned out on the dialogue between Spenser and his black thug friends, Ty-Bop, Boo, Zel, in this case and others, who can't seem to talk without using their M-F***ing profanity, and who's testerone levels are larger than their brains.
This case is 4 women who are married to rich, older men, and have sex with a gigolo who then blackmails them to kee ...more
Como la mayoría de las novelas de este autor, la trama es bastante sencilla. Los personajes cambian poco a lo largo de las sucesivas entregas, y la acción no es lo principal en la trama. En esta, cuatro mujeres casadas con maridos que las mantienen contentas económicamente acuden a Spencer cuando son chantajeadas.
Esta es una de las últimas en ...more
Eisenhower. They are all married to older men in prominent positions who know nothing about their extra curricular activities. The affairs are about to be revealed because Eisenhower is blackmailing them and the huge amount of money in payoffs can not be kept secret much longer. Gary has been making audio and video tapes of their t ...more
This one was up to his high standards as he takes on, as clients, four married women who are being blackmailed by a recent lover, Gary Eisenhower. At least that's one of his names. He is tasked with getting Eisenhower to stop because the women can't afford to pay forever but do not want their husbands to find ou ...more
Of course Susan Silverman is there to help Spenser understand some of the psychological problems involved. Hawk shows up but unfortunately he doesn't have much to do in ...more
Spenser gets hired by a group of women that are all married to older rich men and they all had a sexual relation with the same man. This man decided to blackmail them and they all cannot have their nice lives ruined by their lover.
As expected all is not as black and white as one would expect. And Spenser starts his ...more
"The new Evanovich book."
"Would I be reading it if it ain't?"
If Hawk can read Evanovich, so can I. :)
"Show, don't tell," which is a vital principle for a good story. When reading a book, I could skim over nearly every sentence ending with, "he said," but in an audiobook, it is incredibly monotonous to listen to that. At least he could have chosen a couple of synonyms..."he replied ...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
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“This guy,” Charlie said, and looked at his notebook, “Spenser. He was impersonating a police officer.”
Belson glanced at him. “We all thought that,” Belson said, “when he was a cop.”