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Anonymous posts on 11/8/2006 9:45:32 AM
Just finished Parker's latest Spenser novel, Hundred Dollar Baby. If you like Spenser you will enjoy this one. Must say that Spenser has never made me cry, this one did! Rather heartfelt exchange between Hawk and Spenser near the end of the story. (I am sure that Spenser and Hawk would both disapprove of "heartfelt").
posts on 10/11/2006 11:51:10 AM
I really enjoyed it when Sunny needs a shrink (in Melancholy baby) and she goes and sees Susan Silverman, who is Spenser's girlfriend, and then wonders what kind of guy Susan might live with!
I thought Sue Grafton was the best at intelligent, strong and conflicted female PI, but I find myslef liking Parker's Sunny more and more.
posts on 8/21/2006 10:27:19 AM
I tried reading Robert B Parkers 'Family Honour'but by page 65 had been beaten senseless by the word 'said', she said, he said, I said. On one page I counted of twenty said's.
The story was probably quite good but I thought the writing left something to be desired.
posts on 4/24/2006 2:52:29 PM
Wow! Could this book be any worse? I had a hard time follwing the story line and the characterizations. (I listened to the book on audio, unabridged, read by Joe Mantegna). Almost every sentence in the dailogs between the characters was followed by "he said" or "she said" and frequently an "I nodded". Susan is an absurdly written character. She is every man's dream girlfriend: great in bed, devoted only to him, doesn't want commitment from him, agrees with everything Spencer says. I was suprised how a woman with no brain and could be a psychologist. As for Spencer, could his dull wit be any more repulsive. If "this is Parker writing at the height of his powers" then I think he should have considered another career a long time ago (or at least gotten a better editor).
posts on 4/20/2006 12:39:59 PM
Is it possible to pack that much smart ass into one character? No, you need 2, Spenser and Sunny; more like big ego's than alter ego's. As in point, counter point. His brevity is rivaled only by Elmore Leonard. His ability to capture philosophy in the turn of a phrase,a snide remark or even one word are unmatched.
Janet posts on 7/3/2005 11:33:23 AM
I love reading the Spenser novels. I can visualize Boston (a beautiful city)and the character (Susan, Hawke ect..)are old familiar friends who I know will entertain and tell a good story.I should probably read his others...but...I know I would be looking for Spenser to appear.
gerrie zwergel posts on 7/3/2005 11:09:24 AM
I didn't get into Sunny or Jesse.I didn't want to dilute Spenser. I read
plenty of Spenser. Te one I liked the least was the Widening Gyre. The one I liked the most was the one I"m reading.
Diane posts on 6/18/2005 4:49:25 PM
This book was great. I didn't enjoy Bad Business and thought Robert Spencer was getting"old". However I thoroughly enjoyed Cold Service and am now rereading Bad Business.
John O'Meara posts on 6/18/2005 3:33:39 PM
I grew up in Boston, but now live in Kentuckt. Reading Parker's books help me visualize the place I love. Also, the hero aspect of Spenser, and even the "bad boy done good" of Hawk are truly what the term dynamic duo should always have meant.
Charlie posts on 4/25/2005 2:28:01 PM
The latest Rbert B. Parker book "Cold Service" is very good I love the charectors in it Spencer, Susan and Hawk. If you haven't read this one yet, I think you will like it very much.
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