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Spenser is..."Tougher, stronger, better educated, and far more amusing than Sam Spade, Phil Marlowe, or Lewis Archer...Spenser gives the connoisseur of that rare combination of good detective fiction and good literature a chance to indulge himself." --The Boston Globe --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Spenser is..."Tougher, stronger, better educated, and far more amusing than Sam Spade, Phil Marlowe, or Lewis Archer...Spenser gives the connoisseur of that rare combination of good detective fiction and good literature a chance to indulge himself." --"The Boston Globe --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0042JSO1M
- Publisher : Dell (September 22, 2010)
- Publication date : September 22, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 1725 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 225 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #57,189 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Lets talk limits, being a human is all about limits, your IQ, your height, how long you will live, there seems to be an upward limit to what a human is capable of and that includes how many first rate books one person can write. The number of classic texts one author is capable of creating is open to debate but in my reading I have not yet run into an author that has written more than ten first rate full length novels and that includes Robert B. Parker, a human just like the rest of us. The effects of having to produce a fresh episode with the same characters every 12 months for decades on end seems to encourage formulaic plots and phoned in manuscripts. Back to the Spencer oeuvre-I have read every Spenser Parker wrote but soon found the non-Spencer books just did not work for me, I was spoiled and knew it. I didn’t really stop to think about how good the individual Spencer entries were, the glow of fandom had me just assuming all of them were first rate. Then, years ago, reading the Parker release for that year, Hugger Mugger (#27/2000), where Spencer spent day after day sitting on a porch somewhere in Georgia and calling it investigating I found myself dozing off, terminally bored. I shook it off but the worm of doubt continued to eat away at my belief in the sanctity of every Spencer episode being hallowed ground. By the time Parker died in 2010 I was burned on the series. The post Parker Spencer ghost writers after a mildly promising start only ended up throwing the final spadefuls of dirt on the coffin. Or so I thought, a few years later as I was discarding my core paper book collection and replacing it with digital I grabbed some Spencer entries and found they were fresher after the break and I decided I would read the entire series from start to finish. I found I had to struggle through some while others were fresh and powerful but less than halfway through Parker’s 39-41 Spencer novels (count varies, why is a can of worms best left for another time) I was ready to scream from too many entries that did not do Parker justice or keep me awake. What I discovered was that for me Parker’s early but not the very first stuff tended to be his best. Here is the list of what I consider his timeless works:
Looking for Rachel Wallace (#6/1980), Early Autumn( #7/1980), A Savage Place (#8/1981), A Widening Gyre (#10/1983), Valediction (#11/1984), A Catskill Eagle (#12/1985), Small Vices (#24/1997), Rough Weather (#36/2008) with an honorable mention for the last entry in the series, Sixkill (#40/2011).
That’s it for what I consider Parker’s best, they all have earned their high spots in my Kindle’s rereads collection.
This seems to be taking place in a time when the city was slowly getting use to "Busing" as well at the "Blizzard of '78." When you throw in such historical events, relevant issues and Spenser in the same book, you get what I call a Historical Spenser novel. I've read about Spenser taking on mobsters, terrorists and a variety of madmen. I wonder what he tackles next?
The book is good, Spenser forgets to restrain his attempt at humor but Parker has written a serious book here, he takes Rachel Wallace in hand and shows us what I think is a good view of a gay feminist who has attained a modest success and is trying to present herself and her lifestyle as American liberty. Anyone attacking it has no respect for American virtues.
An attack is made on Wallace, she does not resist and when Spenser springs to her defense she upbraids him for it. He should have let her be evicted, the publicity would disclose her rights and the disrespect shown them, his defense has prohibited that. She thinks she understands his attitude, she cannot condone it. Later on Spenser forgets himself and goes with his witty remarks and is fired. Then Rachel is kidnapped. Spenser thinks it would not have happened if he had still been her bodyguard so he feels he must solve the case.
He has few clues so he starts stirring the pot, waiting to see the rabbit jump out of the hat. He thinks he knows the responsible person but lacks evidence, so he breaks a few laws, finds Rachel and talks it over with Susan. As I said, Parker keeps this book serious and shows a side of America most of us would like to see kept hidden. The book is a good read.
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Not sure how it's taken me this long to discover him, and I'm now hooked on his work.
This is a classic from way back in the late-70s/1980. Set before the days of the internet and cell phones, it's from a time when gathering information for a gumshoe like Spenser means a day at the library looking through piles of microfiche records rather than searching Google or online databases.
Parker's style is a combination of first-person-detective-novel-narrative (like Raymond Chandler) and well-written literary fiction... but without the pretensions. Spenser can slug it out with the best of them, be a wise guy to everyone in authority with his cynical humour, but then throw in an appropriate quote from Chaucer, Shakespeare or Keats so that people realise he's nobody's fool.
Parker's prose is tight, sparse and direct, yet he conveys mood brilliantly.
Among Spenser's talents are his keen eye for clothes and a special appreciation of good food and drink.
So he dresses for the occasion, he cooks well, he punches and shoots people like nobody else... and he's deeply in love with the woman of his dreams, Susan Silverman, a highly intelligent and beautiful psychotherapist. A one-woman man, despite the temptations and offers he seems to get!
I won't spoil the plot of this book, though, as it's less relevant than the quality of the writing.
(NB - I'm buying these old paperback editions secondhand as they're around half the price, delivered, of the electronic version and so I have something physical to keep and sell or pass on, as I choose.)
Unless you're a fan of everything Spenser give this one a miss it is too dated!