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Hush Money by Robert B. Parker
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Dec 30, 2010

it was amazing

100 out of 100 books for 2010. I figgin' did it!

Hush Money, along with Sudden Mischief and Small Vices, form a trilogy of Parker's absolute best novels and the best of the Spenser series. In each of these, a major character--Susan, Spenser, and, in the case of Hush Money, Hawk--reveals something about her or his past, proves vulnerable, and grow in some way. This is also the first, and, I think, the only novel in the series in which Spenser takes a case pro bono as a favor to Hawk. On the surface, it is the tale of Robinson Nevins, an conservatie African American scholar who has been denied tenure unfairly. HOwever, there are two othe plot lines, a stalking case the the apparent suicide of a gay student activist at the university Nevins teaches at.

The two cases, interestingly, do not intersect, but both are solved--one involves the always composed Susan in a fist fight--that she started! And in some ways the novel is prescient in that it involves a supposedly moral right wing activist involved in a hidden homeosexual scandal, a la Mark Foley in Florida. ALso, a very fund send up of academe and academic politics.

All told, a satisfying read. If you read only a few of Parker's novels, read the three I mentioned. If you only read one, read this one.
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