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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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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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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SUDDEN MISCHIEF by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 9, 1998

"Fortunately, there's always next year."
In Spenser's 25th appearance, the peerless Boston shamus is reduced to doing pro bono work on behalf of his lover Susan Silverman's scapegrace of an ex-husband. 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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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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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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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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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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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 10, 1990

"Not as complex or resonant as the Chandler (or Poodle Springs), and stocked with cliched characters (the corrupt hick cop, the savvy newspaper editor, etc.) but still a smooth, swift, and tight mystery—although Philip Marlowe's spirit soars more fully in Loren D. Estleman's Amos Walker novels than in this enjoyable, loving pastiche."
An honorable sequel to The Big Sleep (1939), Raymond Chandler's—and p.i. Read full book review >

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THE PROFESSIONAL by Robert B. Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 5, 2009

"Though Parker's flagship sleuth doesn't distinguish himself as either a detective or a problem-solver, his bewildered uncertainty is more touching and revealing than his customary machismo."
Not even Spenser's formidable gifts are equal to the problems posed by a charming blackmailer who kisses and threatens to tell. Read full book review >