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Promised Land (The Spenser Series Book 4) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07XF7NX21
- Publisher : RosettaBooks (July 1, 2010)
- Publication date : July 1, 2010
- Language : English
- File size : 459 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 228 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0440171970
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,950 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First published in 1976 or so, this book has Spenser struggling not so much to solve the case he's been hired to investigate, but to figure out what all this "women's lib" business is all about.
Reading anything set in the age of landline telephones with dials brings back more memories than you could record on a cassette tape. Fighting all that, I managed to focus on Spenser's plan to free his clients from some shady business.
Robert B. Parker was at the top of the game (not just his game, but everybody else's as well) when it came to a good mystery. He's a great choice for dipping into a great story while riding the waves of nostalgia that might just wash over you in the process.
I decided to reread Promise Land when I saw it on Amazon. I read it so long ago, it was almost a fresh read, I did remember some of the books details. In forty years my tastes have changes. I did have as high regard for the story, as when I originally read it. I always like character portrayal of Spenser and Hawk. Although the television series, was terrible, and the actors were nothing like the characters in the book. Especially their physical portrayal. I also found in the book Susan Silverman as being terribly annoying and superficial. In this book Susan, Pam (the runaway wife, Spenser his hired to find, by her husband) and Spenser have detailed, long discussions, on the questions of "machismo.' When I originally read this I found these discussion interesting but now, I found them ridiculous. I felt the same about the endless discussions between Spenser and Susan about there ever changing relationship. This book was written about the time of the Patti Hearst Kidnapping, when the Black Panther movement was at it peak and after the Anti-Vietnam protests. The novels has a flavor of these events, but uses radical feminist. Pam is one of the most morally corrupt, shallow, stupid, selfish and weakest characters I have ever read about. I had totally not sympathy for her. I couldn't believe than Spenser or Susan felt she was a victim. 40 years ago I would have given this book 5 stars, today only three. I might read a newer book on Spenser to see how it evolved. I don't like the fact that the series has continued after Parkers death, with a new author. .
This time Spencer is dealing with an odious Cape Cod couple who, for any other detective, would have been thrown in the Bay by Hawk. No, not Spencer. He takes the case and bangs his way through it, meeting a strange brew of crooks, weirdos, malcontents, and just plain disgusting examples of human debris. Hey, it's a job!
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well written, well paced (except for the cut-off ending) and good for spenser devotees...i compare hawk and spenser to parsifal and lancelot, and all the nasty gangsters to all the monsters, dragon, magic users and false knights in the old stories...there is a feel of myth/fairytale in the parker oevre, which is fine by me...it is also fun to remember the clothes, the menus and the luxury items of the past...a good read, at a good price...recommended!
It is a great pity that most of Robert B Parker's books are not available on Kindle and those that are are priced so high. I am sure those that own the copyright would gain much more by putting all his stories on Kindle at a reasonable price and so dramatically increase the volume of readers.