Search Results: "Robert B. Parker"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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PAPER DOLL by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1993

"With more mystery than most Spenser tales, and with the emphasis on sins of the soul, this is Parker as Chandler—and very well done."

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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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PLAYMATES by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1989

"Thinly plotted, including one highly extraneous murder—but fast, breezy, and with enough of the usual trimmings (fancy cooking, smart one-liners, tough-guy preening) to please undemanding fans."
Which came first—the "Spenser" TV series or the Spenser novels that read like run-of-the-mill television scripts? Read full book review >

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HIGH PROFILE by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"If the complications that follow don't live up to the situation's promise, even mid-level Parker is always well worth your time and money."
While trying to solve a delicate murder case, small-town police chief Jesse Stone comes up with a uniquely ingenious way to juggle the two ladies in his life. 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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BACK STORY by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 10, 2003

"Mid-grade mystery buffed to a high gloss. Like it or not, Parker has made male posturing into an art form."
Though Pearl the Wonder Dog has died, she's promptly replaced by Pearl II in the most resonant image of Parker's attitude toward her aging, ageless owner in his 30th appearance. Read full book review >

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BRIMSTONE by Robert B. Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2009

"No surprises, but provides some excellent evidence for anyone who wants to argue that Spenser's creator has been writing nothing but westerns for 35 years."
Freelance gunslingers Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch (Resolution, 2008, etc.) ride into yet another town and treat it to another baptism of fire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILDERNESS by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1979

"But too often this seems like a cut-rate, de-nuanced ripoff of Deliverance; and certainly Parker could have found a less contrived and melodramatic forum for examining the relationship between a sensitive macho man and an even more macho lady."
Though still capable of terrific stretches of unadorned action, shorthand atmosphere, and downbeat comic dialogue, Parker (the Spenser detective series) has become a painfully self-conscious prophet of liberated macho—especially here, with an obviously autobiographical hero: athletic, middle-aging Aaron Newman, who writes books "about courage and the matter of honor. . . ." 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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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 >