Search Results: "Robert B. Parker"


BOOK REVIEW

APPALOOSA by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2005

"Wonderful stuff: notch 51 for Parker."
If Spenser and Hawk had been around when the West was wild, they'd have talked like Cole and Hitch. Read full book review >

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WALKING SHADOW by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 25, 1994

"Now, that's class."
An irresistible new crime novel that will captivate both longtime and soon-to-be-devoted Spenser lovers. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE PLAY by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2004

"The talk is electric, the pacing breakneck, the cast colorful and empathic. After a couple of so-so efforts, Parker flat out nails it here."
Ebbetts Field, 1947. Robinson's penciled in at first, a guy named Burke has his back, Parker benches Spenser (Back Story, 2000, etc.), and we get a gem of a book. Read full book review >

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STONE COLD by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Jesse preens less than the better-known Spenser and earns his male posturing more completely through his appealing vulnerability. Good-bye, Mr. Second String: A star is born."
After waiting in Spenser's long shadow for three cases, alcoholic small-town police chief Jesse Stone (Death in Paradise, 2001, etc.) comes into his own big-time when he goes up against a husband-and-wife pair of serial killers. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN PARADISE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"What they won't find this time is enough action, detection, or real mystery to keep a self-respecting short story from starving to death."
The regular evening game of the Paradise Men's Softball League is interrupted when the body of a young woman floats to the surface of the adjacent lake. Read full book review >

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THE WIDENING GYRE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 11, 1983

"But while some readers (newcomers especially) will appreciate the quick, sassy, competent narration here, Spenser veterans will continue to be disappointed—by the thin mystery, the undeveloped supporting cast, and the tired, smug portrait of Spenser himself."
Case #10 for Boston's Spenser—who made himself a well-deserved reputation with his first four appearances (especially Promised Land) but has been in sketchy, self-indulgent decline ever since. Read full book review >

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THIN AIR by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 11, 1995

"Brother, can this guy talk."
Spenser's 22nd adventure pits him against the kidnapper of a bride who has as much to hide as the deranged romantic who's kidnapped her. 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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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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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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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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WIDOW’S WALK by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 18, 2002

"Spenser's always been as mannered and self-involved as he finds Marlon Brando, but it's hard to remember a single one of his earlier cases that provided so few non-Spenser pleasures. The bestselling hero's earned a rest between hits, of course, but what about the fans who made him a star?"
When even Pearl the Wonder Dog is slowing down—she's deaf and arthritic and obviously hasn't long to live—you have to wonder whether Spenser will ever rouse himself from his recent doldrums (Potshot, 2001, etc.). Not this time. Read full book review >