Search Results: "Robert B. Parker"


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BAD BUSINESS by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 2004

"Parker thickens the plot with a master's patience, producing some satisfyingly unexpected twists, even though, in accord with his recent manner (Back Story, 2003, etc.), he's a lot less careful about wrapping it all up."
God's gift to the Boston crime scene follows an errant husband into a world of corporate malfeasance. Read full book review >

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HUSH MONEY by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 1999

"Not by any means a high point in the series (Sudden Mischief, 1998, etc.), but still a guaranteed return on your time and attention."
To celebrate his 25th anniversary as Boston's preeminent private eye, Spenser takes two pro bono cases as favors to his nearest and dearest. Read full book review >

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NIGHT PASSAGE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"But you'll have to wait for later entries in this new series for a great story."
After 24 Spenser titles (Small Vices, p. 90, etc.), Parker branches out with this tale of Jesse Stone, who's eased out of LAPD Homicide by his divorce-driven drinking, then hired by the sharp town fathers of Paradise, Mass., to replace Chief Tom Carson, who found out a little too much about Paradise. Read full book review >

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BLUE-EYED DEVIL by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2010

"More shifting allegiances, moral dilemmas and characters capable of change than Virgil and Everett's fans may be used to. It's a shame that this youngest of the late Parker's franchises has to end so soon."
Now that they've cleaned up Appaloosa, Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch have to contend with its new police chief in their fourth and presumably final adventure. Read full book review >

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GUNMAN’S RHAPSODY by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2001

"Goes on a bit after that climactic showdown, which is probably a mistake. But for the most part the action bristles, the talk is excellent, and the characters hold you: a much better than OK ride."
It's those lead-slinging Earps—revisited and revitalized—strapping it on again in Parker's first western. Read full book review >

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PAINTED LADIES by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The yawning gap between the customary attitudinizing and the serious issues the tale raises make this far from Spenser's finest hour, yet one no serious fan will think of missing."
Spenser's last case. Read full book review >

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TROUBLE IN PARADISE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"But Parker writes so economically—even the women this time out have caught Jesse's terseness—that he almost has you believing this old, old story is happening for the first time."
Parker's 30th novel brings back Jesse Stone, alcoholic police chief of Paradise, Mass. Read full book review >

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POTSHOT by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Like Mickey Spillane and Elmore Leonard, Parker reminds you how much hard-boiled fiction owes to western dime novels. This time, though, what gets recycled is mostly faux nobility—Spenser won't shoot unless the bad guys shoot first—and male attitude."
Spenser's 29th case takes him to faraway Potshot, Arizona, where somebody's gunned down Mary Lou Buckman's husband Steve on the main street in broad daylight. Read full book review >

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SPLIT IMAGE by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"Once again Parker leans on his distinctive voice to rescue an ambling plot, unfolding expertly but aimlessly, that seems borrowed from a middling episode of Homicide: Life on the Street."
While his ladylove, Boston shamus Sunny Randall, wrestles with the problem of a young woman who's left her parents to join a cult, Paradise, Mass., police chief Jesse Stone (Night and Day, 2009, etc.) investigates a pair of mob hits that are much more than mob hits. Read full book review >

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THE JUDAS GOAT by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 2, 1978

"Hey, Spenser, go back to Boston where you belong and, for Pete's sake, stop whimpering!"
Bad news for Spenser fans. Read full book review >

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SIXKILL by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2011

"By no means as substantial or resourceful as Parker's best, but a treasurable demonstration of the bromide that 'life is mostly metaphor'—at least to the peerless private eye and his fans."
The mysterious death of a star-struck young woman who struck a star's fancy provides the basis for Spenser's valedictory outing. Read full book review >

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PALE KINGS AND PRINCES by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 1987

"But, unlike many recent Parker efforts, it's crisply paced, divertingly peopled, quietly amusing, and occasionally touching—with only a few eruptions of the maudlin staginess and preachy self-congratulation that have made the 1980's Spenser so trying."
Spenser vs. drug-smugglers and corrupt cops in a small Massachusetts town: a fast, straightforward, unpretentious addition to one of mystery fiction's most uneven series. Read full book review >