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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Parker attended Colby College in Maine, served with the Army in Korea, and then completed a Ph.D. in English at Boston University. He married his wife Joan in 1956; they raised two sons, David and Daniel. Together the Parkers founded Pearl Productions, a Boston-based independent film company named after their short-haired pointer, Pearl, who has also been featured in many of Parker's novels.
Parker began writing his Spenser novels in 1971 while teaching at Boston's Northeastern University. Little did he suspect then that his witty, literate prose and psychological insights would make him keeper-of-the-flame of America's rich tradition of detective fiction. Parker's fictional Spenser inspired the ABC-TV series Spenser: For Hire. In February 2005, CBS-TV broadcast its highly-rated adaptation of the Jesse Stone novel Stone Cold, which featured Tom Selleck in the lead role as Parker's small-town police chief. The second CBS movie, Night Passage, also scored high ratings, and the third, Death in Paradise, aired on April 30, 2006.
Parker was named Grand Master of the 2002 Edgar Awards by the Mystery Writers of America, an honor shared with earlier masters such as Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen.
Parker died on January 19, 2010, at the age of 77.
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the plot, for all its twists, felt rather claustrophobic--all but one of the usual secondary characters appear, for no real reason except to be included for the fans' comfort. part of the resolution was sickeningly sentimental and unrealistic.
i miss the pointed social comments of the earlier books. i'm tired of the now forced nobility and general angst. i'm tired of the constant comments about young women's bodies by every man who appears in the books. i'm tired of the spenser/susan relationship--don't these two ever disagree on anything? and could the woman just once in a while actually eat like a normal person? and maybe gulp at least a glass of water.
i'm really annoyed at the way hawk's relationships are handled. only jewish white women have emotional courage and understanding?
i can enjoy formulaic series, since i can be as attached to series characters as anyone else. but parker is repeating too many of the same parts of the formula in his recent novels without including the development of situations and characters other than the usual cast that make his earlier works more interesting.
Hawk had been hired by a bookie, Luther Gillespie, to protect him after he had been threatened by the Ukranian mob trying to take over his book. Hawk has learned that after he went down they killed Luther, his wife, and two oldest kids, sparing only the youngest son who was in day care and now will be raised by his grandmother. Thus, Hawk knows that after a long and difficult recovery, he will need to not only avenge the attack on him and remove any trace of fear and self doubt which would otherwise remain, but more importantly he can most effectively make whatever amends are possible to Luther for failing to protect his family by somehow insuring the future security of Luther's orphaned young son. As Hawk summarizes the situation to Spenser, "I want to know who they are and where they are. And I want to know they did it. Not think it, know it." To Spenser's admonition that Hawk "won't be ready even if we know who and where", Hawk replies "sooner or later, I'll be ready.Read more ›
First, the rehabilitation part is greatly truncated this time around because the wounds are clearly more to Hawk's pride than his body. Second, because we are talking about Hawk we are much more on the outside than when Spenser was in the same situation. Hawk has already been shot and is talking to Spenser in the hospital when this one starts, and while we miss the action at the start Parker provides symmetry by letting us miss the action at the end as well, which tends to suggest that the action is not the point here. Third, there are significant moral dilemmas this time around. Ironically, none of them exist for Hawk but rather for Spenser, who has reservations about the killing that will be involved, and for Cecila, Hawk's current paramour, who is no where near as accepting of the way her man settles accounts as is the lovely Susan.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Spencer didn't disappoint me again. I like the style and of Robert B Parker and plan on reading all of his books.Published 24 days ago by Home Run
Wow! Talk about a punch! This, and Small Vices are keepers, although I've read most of the Spencer/Hawk novels. I hope the new writer is not eliminating Hawk. Love Joe M. Read morePublished 3 months ago by O.R.
Another solid Spenser story. Some of it seems pretty unlikely, but still was an enjoyable read. If you are a Spenser fan, this will do the job. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John
I got this book for my wife. she was very satisfied and is now waiting for me to get her another book. trryPublished 7 months ago by terry sutherland
Parker's Spenser books are a joy, not merely because of how well-plotted and suspenseful they are, but because of how well the relationships are cast and drawn. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pete in NY
I enjoyed this novel primarily because I enjoyed the relationship between Hawk and Spencer. Their open and close relationship is heartening. Each one backs the other. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Audrey Anderson
Too much of Parkers' witty banter. I love it in smaller doses. Well written as always. Good premise. Clever,dangling and Hawk like ending.Published 11 months ago by Ken TenHulzen