God Save The Child (Unabridged) Audio Cassette – January 1, 1988
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This is a well written and neatly plotted novel by the one and only Robert B. Parker. Spenser is at his finest from dealing with the likes of the Bartletts and their friends to tailing possible criminals. For me, the ending was probably the greatest highlight and one of the best endings I've come across in the genre. The characters are drawn perfectly with their mighty egos or lack there of and to be introduced to the character of Susan Silverman, the love of Spenser's life, adds charm to the book which is about dreadful a subject as pedophilia, prostitution and drugs. As far as mystery/crime novels go, I strongly recommend this one to anyone whose a fan of Raymond Chandler, Dennis Lehane or even Michael Connelly. I like how confident Spenser is or at least tries to be and I like his wits and his wisecracks. Habitual Spenser fans can expect nothing but classic Spense from this one.
The novel is also significant for long term Spenser fans, as we meet, along with Spenser himself, the delightful and lovely Susan Silverman, who not only does her best to assist Spenser with the case, but as the publishers quote on the back of the book, she might just help to save a detective, as well.
We all should be so lucky!
In summary, then, GOD SAVE THE CHILD is yet another classic by our favourite crime novelist. We have a happy ending, the bad guys get what's coming to them and Spenser's soul is a little bit closer to finding it's mate.
A little to much background building, where every object is mentioned or commented on. Felt like filter rather than part of the story. Just ok. Checking out the third book in the series.
Cannot wait to turn the pages of the third in the series .
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Although you can probably guess, at least partly, who is behind the kidnapping of the young lad, this is still a good little thriller, nicely paced with interesting, well developed characters.
Even if you are not already a fan, at the end you'll want to read more about Spenser.
That apart there are fights and shootings and further clues to Spenser's early development (in a fictional sense)