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Back Story by Robert B. Parker
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Jul 26, 2011

liked it

I guess it's my own fault for jumping into a series at book 30, but it took me a while to get into this book. I read it mainly because Jesse Stone plays a small role in the story and I'm a big fan of Parker's Jesse Stone series. Because the Spenser universe has such a long and well-known history the author didn't take much time to introduce his characters. I figured it out as the book progressed, but I spent a lot of my time trying to keep the characters straight! In the end I think I liked it. The characters seems a little dated to me, but I think I could get into it. I liked the character of his long-time girlfriend, Susan. She brough an interesting dynamic because of her background in psychology. I never really warmed to Hawk, but maybe with a little more background he would come across as a more complete character. Anyway, overall a good detective novel with a strong mystery. I'd be up for reading more Spenser, but he'll never top Jesse Stone.
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