Search Results: "Robert B. Parker"


BOOK REVIEW

MORTAL STAKES by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 1975

"Parker tells a fresh, funny, direct and different story—it's as tough as they come and spiked with a touch of real class."
Spenser (like the poet) is just about the best new private investigator in town and this time he's hired to see whether Red Sox ballplayer Marty Rabb might be occasionally fixing a game because of some external pressures. Read full book review >

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GOD SAVE THE CHILD by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 21, 1974

"Cheeky, bright entertainment with a very ulterior transgressor."
Spenser of The Godwulf Manuscript is not trying to be like anybody else this time and he's a disarmingly casual private investigator who says anything which comes into his head and it's usually pretty funny. Read full book review >

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RESOLUTION by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2008

Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole ride (separately) into the western town of Resolution and deal with the trouble that instantly springs up to greet them. Read full book review >

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SEA CHANGE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"Though every single character has, at most, two speeds—furtive self-concealment and blustering wisecracks—Jesse's fifth case (after Stone Cold, 2003) is strong enough to rank near his best."
A ravaged corpse that bobs to the surface of Paradise Harbor during Race Week leads Jesse Stone to a surprisingly intricate case of sex and murder. Read full book review >

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EARLY AUTUMN by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 2, 1980

"Kramer than The Maltese Falcon—disappointing for mystery lovers, nice enough (with a fair number of well-earned laughs along the way) for those tolerant of Parker's particular brand of tough-guy treacle."
It's becoming abundantly clear that gifted Mr. Parker is no longer interested in devising mysteries or even much action/adventure for Boston's macho-sensitive shamus Spenser. 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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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HUNDRED-DOLLAR BABY by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 24, 2006

"Spenser's detective chops are less in evidence than his messiah complex. Even the dialogue, always Parker's specialty, sounds suspiciously like Elmore Leonard."
Spenser, who seems to alternate these days between meaty cases and time-passers, follows School Days (2005) with a thin tale of trouble among high-class prostitutes whose only distinction is bringing back a familiar face from the past. Read full book review >

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SMALL VICES by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 2, 1997

Peerless shamus Spenser's 24th case (Chance, 1996, etc.) is almost his last, thanks to an assassin who's a lot more like him than he'd like to acknowledge. Read full book review >