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The Saint was more of a loner and Wimsey not nearly so physical.

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He is drawn into this case when he is ambushed for no reason that he can think of while minding his own business on a narrow country lane. It turns out the bad guys wanted to hold him up just long enough to be able to get away from the scene of a murder they have committed just up the road a bit. Their mistake.

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From this accidental beginning, the Toff is drawn into a case that involves murder, drug smuggling and kidnapping and, at one point, requires him to pretend to be dead while recovering from injuries sustained in the chase. This book is the first of 59, written between and Creasey actually died in , but had so many books already finished, than his publishers had another three to seven years worth of posthumous releases by J.

J Marric, himself and Anthony Morton to fill their lists after he was gone. Promised Land. A promised land is what neither Harv nor Pam Shepherd have managed to find in their relationship after 20 decades of marriage and several small children. Trying to scramble to the top of the real estate heap has gotten. Spenser locates her, but decides not to tell Harv where she is other than that she is safe.

He hires her to find Pam, who has flitted off in order to find herself. In the event, one of the loonies kills am elderly bank guard and triggers the fun that begins.

Book Note: Robert B. Parker, Sixkill

When Harv finally admits to Spenser that he is in over his head, Spenser is left in the unenviable position of trying to solve the problems of the two estranged spouses and perhaps get them back together for the sake of the kids. Prichard seemed to get more into the narration of this book. There was less of the flat affect in his delivery than in the first three I listened to.

Part of this is probably because Dr. Parker was writing a bit less like his literary heroes from the Black Mask magazine days and finding his own style.

He was getting to the point where he could enter his own promised land. He had become a full professor at this point and in just three more years his fifth novel would allow him to quite teaching and spend the rest of his life writing. Their relationship is a but shaky but intense, and Parker tries out his later habit of talking us right up to the bedroom door but mostly leaving them some privacy. Each season has produced a mystery novel, ghost written under the Castle name, and feeling very much like an extended episode of the series.

In the books a reporter named Jameson Rook is shadowing the squad led by Detective Nikki Heat hence all the Heat related titles.

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Castle episodes often begin with the discovery of the body by some innocent bystander. In this case we have Detective Heat arriving at the scene of an apparent suicide. Besides that, he gives the book an excellent reading. I first met Spenser during a summer studying computer science in Nova Scotia. We started this one just outside Whitehorse and finished it as we were entering Fifth Avenue in Dawson.

This one starts out appearing of be an investigation into possible rigging of baseball games.

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Is Marty Rabb, the star Boston pitcher, throwing games, or shading the odds? And it bothers her greatly to have had to do that, but he is convinced that Marty and his wife, who made some bad choices and maybe had little option when she was younger, deserve the life they have made for themselves. While Spenser spends more time with Brenda Loring in this book, Susan Silverman is mentioned a number of times, and it is to her that Spenser goes late in the story, after he has a arranged his questionable hit on the bad guys, and it is clear that this is the person he will end up with.

At the beginning of each novel he seems wooden and bland, but as the stories develop he seems to get more into the spirit of the thing and becomes more interesting as a reader. The very first book in the Spenser series introduces us to a fellow who is a lot more like Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe and Lew Archer than he would be later in his life.


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This is Spenser alone, not terribly happy with himself, drinking too much, capable of sleeping with a mother and daughter not at the same time within a hour period. There is no Hawk and especially, there is no Susan. Robert Parker had done his homework, though. He had, after all, written his doctoral thesis on the hard-boiled, mean streets type of private eye that had inhabited Black Mask and other such pulp magazines.

Some things remained constant throughout the next 39 books. Spenser was an ex-cop who left the force because he had authority issues. He was an amateur boxer and had spent time in the military during the Korean War. He is 37 in this book in and would age to just a shade under 50 during the 40 years that Parker who died in wrote the series. Spenser would remain the master of the dry quip and the quick omelet throughout his career. Other biographical details did change a bit. In an early book Spenser remembers some advice his mother gave him, but it was later established firmly that he was born by C-section and raised by his father and uncles after she died giving him life.

While this book has a title that immediately recalls the work of Robert Ludlum, the story has the feel of a Chandler novel. Spenser is hired to find a manuscript that has been stolen from a university collection. The university folk come off rather badly in this book and may reflect Dr.

He was a full professor when he quit to write full time after the fifth book in this series. Following some slender leads brings Spenser to an early 70s radical group called SCACE Student Committee Against Capitalist Exploitation , where he meets Terry Orchard, a poor little rich girl acting out against a sterile home life and disturbed parents. Within 24 hours Terry has her boyfriend murdered in front of her and herself set up to take the fall. Drugged by the killers, she manages to call Spenser for help. That he takes the case and is doggedly determined in his defense of Terry is the bit about this book that seems most Spenser-like to me.

In the later books he will do things simply because they are the right thing to do, and there is that touch here. This book gives us a first look at Joe Broz, the mobster who will turn up regularly throughout the series. Quirk and Det. Frank Belson. The interaction here is a bit rough edged, as it is their first meeting, but there is definite chemistry before the story ends. In this book Spenser has only the very beginnings of what will evolve into his personal code of conduct.

Most of the later books just talk about sex, and then mostly with Susan. This one is full of it, including the arrangement I mentioned earlier, and one other pairing which closes off the story on a note of promise. Still, I got used to it and he did not get in the way of the story. This is just perfect for the distance from Dawson to Whitehorse.

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If you pick up The Surgeon expecting to find the first lop-sided pairing of Jane Rizzoli the homicide detective and Maura Isles the medical examiner you will be disappointed. Catherine Cordell. Thomas for his incorruptible ways. Moore is widower whose wife was a cancer victim. The attack took place in another city.

She moved to Boston to get away from the memories and rebuild her life.

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She has accomplished this and has returned to a successful practice as a top surgeon. She is at the height of her new fame, subject of a local magazine cover story, when the killer the local police call The Surgeon begins his reign of terror. His modis operandi is almost precisely that of the man Cordell killed. It even includes those little touches that the Savannah police had kept out of the press. The only serious difference is that he uses duct tape rather than nylon rope to immobilize his victims.

Is it possible that this killer will be after Cordell to finish what the original killer could not? Or is it possible that Cordell, damaged more than anyone knew by her ordeal, is herself the copycat killer? Or is there some other solution? By Robert B. Parker, whom he claimed to have met as a toddler at a birthday party. In , he earned his master's degree in English literature from Boston University and then worked in advertising and technical writing until Parker wrote his first novel [8] in while teaching at Northeastern University.

He became a full professor in , and turned to full-time writing in with five Spenser novels to his credit. Parker's popular Spenser novels are known for his characters of varied races and religions. According to critic Christina Nunez, Parker's "inclusion of [characters of] other races and sexual persuasions" lends his writings a "more modern feel". Nunez feels, "[which] strengthens Parker's sensibility [toward gays]. In Parker collaborated with Japanese photographer Kasho Kumagai on a coffee table book called Spenser's Boston , exploring the city through Spenser's "eyes" via high quality, 4-color photos.

In addition to Parker's introduction, excerpts from several of the Spenser novels were included. Parker created female detective Sunny Randall at the request of actress Helen Hunt , who wanted him to write a part for her to play. He wrote the first book, and the film version was planned for , [5] but never materialized.