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The Judas Goat (The Spenser Series Book 5) Kindle Edition
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“One of the greatest series in the history of the American detective story!”—The New York Times
“[Spenser is] the sassiest, funniest, most-enjoyable-to-read-about private eye today.”—The Cincinnati Post
“Spenser novels are addictive.”—The Denver Post
“They just don't make private eyes tougher or funnier. The dialogue sparkles.”—People
“Robert B. Parker has taken his place beside Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Ross Macdonald.”—The Boston Globe
“Spenser probably had more to do with changing the private eye from a coffin-chaser to a full-bodied human being than any other detective hero.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Parker is now the best writer of this kind of fiction in business today.”—The New Republic
“The toughest, funniest, wisest private eye in the field these days.”—The Houston Post
About the Author
- ASIN : B002SVQE54
- Publisher : Dell (October 14, 2009)
- Publication date : October 14, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1160 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 210 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #56,713 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This was one of the first Spenser books I read before I decided that the writing and characterizations were so good that I would start from the first book in the series and read them all, in order, so it would be superfluous for me to say it was engaging. I find all of the Spenser books to be worth reading and this to be one of the best so I have no hesitation in recommending it. The one warning I have is that the book is a product of the time period in which it was written and sometimes seems a bit dated. Thus the villains are right wing conservatives rather than left wing terrorists, the base reason for the killings is centered on racism and the story ends up mimicking the Munich Olympics which had, of course, nothing to do with conservative political philosophy. Normally this would have me remove one star from the rating but that was not an uncommon view during the period when this book was written. If you can put that aside this is a great read.
There is a good dose of Spenser and Susan and a really good amount of Spenser and Hawk. This is probably the most violet of the books so far if you're reading from the beginning of the series. The number of run-ins with assassins, terrorists and the ending where they thwart a major attack at a major event are some of the violent highlights.
At first, I wasn't much too thrilled with seeing our Back Bay champ leave the Hub to take care of business oversees, but the change of locale didn't make the book worse. In fact it made it even more enjoyable. This is probably one of the better of the early Spenser novels and not to be missed out on.
In addition to enjoying the book over all, there are a few things that stand out exceptionally to me.(No spoilers):
(1) The fish out of water setting. We've gotten use to seeing our Boston PI in his wheel house. So to see him as a tourist adapting his skills to a new environment is quite refreshing.
(2) Hawk-By now we all know Hawk and Spenser have a mutual respect for one another but there's one scene in particular where you really see that respect shine through. Also, it was quite interesting to see how Hawk approaches a situation different to Spenser.
(3) I've always found Spenser's skills for surveillance and patience quite impressive. Only he could make standing still not boring.
My only con again unfortunately comes from Susan. I know she's not your typical run of the mill girlfriend but the way she handles hearing about Spenser's interaction with a certain person makes her character seem a bit less grounded. Sure she works with people for a living so she understands people better than most but nothing is wrong with her being a bit flawed when dealing with Spenser's particular scene in this book. It would have made the character seem more human. She isn't involved for most of the story but she is an important recurring person in Spenser's life and I just haven't totally warmed up to her as yet.
Spenser is hired by a man that was crippled and had his family killed by a terrorist bombing in London. He hires Spenser to travel to London and find the ones responsible, offering Spenser $2500 for each he brings to justice or kills, the man doesn't care which. Once in England Spenser makes sure the terrorist group knows who he is and that he is interested in him. The plan works and they decide to kill Spenser only to discover It's not easy. As the hunt continues and spreads across several countries Spenser enlists the help of Hawk and the chase finally ends at the Olympics in Canada.
Top reviews from other countries
for spencer devotees a must...recommended!